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Luisa Rey
Appears Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery
Referenced The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish
Relationships Lester Rey, father
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Appears Luisa's Mystery
Referenced Timothy's Ordeal
Actor Halle Berry
Relationships Lester Rey, father
"Didn't you connect the characters with the birthmark of a comet? She has the brand and so does the f,r,o,s,b,i,s,h,er,! He was her former life!"

Luisa Rey, a gossip columnist for the Spyglass, is featured in Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery - which consists of chapters 3 and 9.

Luisa Rey is probably inspired by a real person named Karen Silkwood who had a car accident while she was ferrying evidence about a nuclear company to a friend in The New York Times.

Luisa Rey is a gossip columnist for the Spyglass, a monthly magazine of National Inquirer-type reputation. She is also the daughter of the late Lester Rey , a renowned journalist, noted for his reporting of the Vietnam War. She encounters Rufus Sixsmith, briefly, prior to his death, and it is to her that Sixsmith mails the key to his damning report about the dangers posed by the Seaboard project. Luisa's pursuit of Sixsmith's report expose repeated attempts on her life. She is run off the road into a lake; almost blown to bits in an explosion at the bank vault where a copy of Sixsmith's report is hidden, and nearly shot in a gun battle between Joe Napier and Bill Smoke. She also loses her job at the magazine when the company is acquired by Lloyd Hooks' Trans Vision Corporation. Luisa remains devoted to pursuing the truth about the HYDRA project and eventually is able to expose the company, leading to the indictment of Lloyd Hooks and several other Seaboard executives.


"Bet you didn't learn that in the army."
—Luisa Rey

Film portrayal[]

In the film adaptation, Luisa Rey is portrayed by actress Halle Berry.


Luisa's mother refers to her as "Cookie."

Luisa also has a "comet" mark on the side of her neck, identical to the one that Frobisher had on his back. This would probably mean she is the reincarnation of him.

Louisa first appears as a caller to the "Night Train" radio station in Mitchell's first novel, "Ghost Written".

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