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A Deed of Death

GIROUX, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0394580753 / ISBN 13: 9780394580753
Published by Knopf, New York, 1990
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The Story Behind the Unsolved Murder of Hollywood Director William Desmond Taylor. Illus. 275pp. 8vo, green cloth, d.w. New York: Knopf, 1990. Fine. From the library of Jose Ferrer with his signature. Bookseller Inventory # 238524

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Title: A Deed of Death

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: First.

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An analysis of the 1922 unsolved murder of film director William Desmond Taylor focuses on the two actresses in Taylor's life--ingenue Mary Miles Minter and Mabel Normand, a star and a drug addict

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Well-born but disinherited Anglo-Irish actor and one-time Yukon prospector, William Desmond Taylor was a prominent Paramount movie director at the time of his unsolved murder in 1922. Suspects included his secretary Edward Sands, a thief and forger; Henry Peavey, his homosexual black cook; and two flamboyant screen stars: drug-addicted Mabel Normand, whom he loved; and 20-year-old Mary Miles Minter, who yearned to be his mistress. In a meticulous probe that reads like a detective thriller, editor-publisher Giroux ( The Book Known as Q ) makes a strong case that the murderer was a contract killer. He shows that Normand had incurred the wrath of dope peddlers, as did Taylor when he attempted to help her break her addiction. Brimming with details of Hollywood's silent era and its rampant post-WW I drug culture, this procedural offers glimpses of Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Sam Goldwyn, Mack Sennett, Fatty Arbuckle. Illustrations.
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