"Growing up in rural New Jersey, Ashley and Carolyn were inseparable, but as teenagers they began to drift apart. Carolyn ended up at Columbia University, and Ashley moved to Los Angeles, where her vibrant beauty became an entrée into a world of never-ending parties. When Ashley visited Carolyn in New York, however, she revealed darker secrets that didn't quite fit the golden lifestyle Carolyn had imagined. Then, at the age of twenty-two, Ashley was found brutally murdered at her home in Hollywood. The Hot One is the story of Carolyn's emotional quest to find out what really happened to her oldest friend. It's a journey that takes her through the hills of Hollywood, into courtrooms in Los Angeles, to strip clubs in Las Vegas, and back to her own childhood memories as she tries to unravel how she and Ashley became so different."--Jacket.