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Eight mysteries centered in L.A. deal with a group of actors who were blacklisted during the McCarthy era, a psychic detective, a missing daughter, and a screenwriter who resorts to blackmail
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The shades of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald would be disturbed that their names, in Thomas Chastain's introduction to this collection, are taken in vain. Macdonald's is even misspelled, a foretaste of the eight stories that lack bite, intelligent plotting and color. Hollywood, Malibu, Venice and the sprawling city are invoked only dimly, and almost every character is a cardboard cut-out we've met before. Fans of the classics and new readers should be warned away from this bottom-drawer collection. Classicists will be offended and newcomers will be baffled. Gault's "The Kerman Kill" and Russell's "Dong-Dong, The Lizard's Dead" offer the only hope, but even they fizzle out. Fox's "Return to Venice" and Henderson's "Dream House" are hopelessly old-fashioned, the latter featuring a threatened heroine who'd have been a cliche 30 years ago. The other stories are only silly. 75,000 first printing.
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Book Description William Morrow & Co, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0688066844
Book Description William Morrow & Co, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0688066844