The CUTTING ROOM: AN AVRAM COHEN MYSTERY

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The author of Crimes of the City brings Israeli detective Avram Cohen to the United States to solve the murder of a Hollywood director friend found dead in his editing room. 12,500 first printing.

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The promise of Rosenberg's new Avram Cohen mystery is lost in an overheated, garish development that in turn leads to a lugubrious conclusion. After political enemies force him into galling retirement and months of inactivity, Cohen, former commander of the Jerusalem Police, accepts a longstanding invitation to visit fellow Dachau survivor Max Broder. "Der Bruder" is a successful Hollywood director who is finishing a film about the Holocaust, which includes re-creations of his and Cohen's postwar exploits as avengers. Cohen, who has deliberately tried to put the past behind him, arrives in L.A. shortly after Max's death, ostensibly a suicide. Nosing around, the Israeli detective collects various enemies: the studio head who won't release the movie; movieland's Jewish community, whose members don't want to focus attention on themselves; some Aryan Nation punks, and a mysterious white-haired sniper. Aided by Broder's rough cuts, the screenplay and his own war memories, Cohen sifts through a large cast of mask-wearing, secret-bearing Hollywood types to zero in on a notorious Nazi bad guy hiding behind the weirdest mask of all. Although stolid, crotchety Cohen provides a fine and powerful presence as he makes his way in a strange land, the final plot twist is over the top.
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Former Jerusalem detective and Dachau survivor Avram Cohen arrives in Hollywood to visit a long-time friend and successful movie director. Max Bruder, though, has apparently committed suicide, leaving behind an unseen autobiographical film, a mysterious young female companion, and at least one enemy. Cohen, looking for clues to a killer, begins with a hidden safe, a surprising will, and the final cut of the controversial film. Well-written, evocative prose underscores a foreigner's wry look at Hollywood.
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