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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library BEN (Text) 33500013141254 New Checked out 11/27/2019
Mahnomen Public Library BEN (Text) 33500013141262 New Checked out 11/29/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781948924917
  • ISBN: 1948924919
  • Physical Description: x, 325 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Arcade, Crime Wise, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"An Arcade / Crime Wise book"--Title page.
"A Herman Graf book"--Title page.
Summary, etc.:
"Karissa Glover is a movie producer who moves into a decrepit but functional old mansion in the West Adams Heights area of Los Angeles, where black celebrities of yesteryear--Hattie McDaniel, Louise Beavers, and others--once resided. The former owner was a white actress, Blair Kendrick, who often starred as the "bad girl"--a femme fatale--in films noir of the 1940s. However, Blair's career was cut short when she was tragically killed by the mob after allegedly witnessing the slaying of a corrupt studio head in 1949. As Karissa and her producing partner decide to develop a modern film noir about Blair Kendrick, malevolent forces from the past attempt to stop them--first with intimidation, and then with the thread of murder. Is this because Karissa has learned that Blair was involved in a then-taboo interracial relationship with jazz musician Hank Marley? What really happened on the night that death struck in a dimly lit studio mogul's office? The consequences of Blair and Hank's doomed love affair still resonate in the present day as Karissa attempts to unravel Blair's secrets"--Book jacket.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* Indie-movie producer Karissa Glover is looking for an idea for her next project, and she finds it in an old house she has just rented in the West Adams Heights section of L.A., where Black stars of the forties—including Hattie McDaniel—once lived. It turns out that the house was formerly owned by film-noir femme fatale Blair Kendrick. Curiously, no one has lived in the house since Kendrick disappeared in the late forties, presumed murdered after apparently witnessing the Mob killing of Eldon Hirsch, head of Ultimate Pictures. Why not make a modern noir based on Kendrick's life and death? Lots of reasons, Karissa discovers: the actress' clandestine and taboo affair with a Black jazz pianist has been hidden for decades, along with other aspects of Blair's life, and the current owners of the studio, descendants of Hirsch, don't want the bad press that would come with opening their own Pandora's box. Benson, author of several James Bond pastiches authorized by Ian Fleming's estate, cleverly juxtaposes the present-day action, as Karissa digs for the story, against the finished film script, gradually revealing the multiple surprises in the story of Blair Kendrick. A couple of those surprises are telegraphed, but no matter: Benson has some doozies up his sleeve for the finale. This lovingly and sharply evoked homage to the glory days of film noir works on every level: as a gripping thriller, as an insightful look at racism in Hollywood, and as a perfect entrée into the ever-fascinating world of moviemaking. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* Indie-movie producer Karissa Glover is looking for an idea for her next project, and she finds it in an old house she has just rented in the West Adams Heights section of L.A., where Black stars of the forties—including Hattie McDaniel—once lived. It turns out that the house was formerly owned by film-noir femme fatale Blair Kendrick. Curiously, no one has lived in the house since Kendrick disappeared in the late forties, presumed murdered after apparently witnessing the Mob killing of Eldon Hirsch, head of Ultimate Pictures. Why not make a modern noir based on Kendrick's life and death? Lots of reasons, Karissa discovers: the actress' clandestine and taboo affair with a Black jazz pianist has been hidden for decades, along with other aspects of Blair's life, and the current owners of the studio, descendants of Hirsch, don't want the bad press that would come with opening their own Pandora's box. Benson, author of several James Bond pastiches authorized by Ian Fleming's estate, cleverly juxtaposes the present-day action, as Karissa digs for the story, against the finished film script, gradually revealing the multiple surprises in the story of Blair Kendrick. A couple of those surprises are telegraphed, but no matter: Benson has some doozies up his sleeve for the finale. This lovingly and sharply evoked homage to the glory days of film noir works on every level: as a gripping thriller, as an insightful look at racism in Hollywood, and as a perfect entrée into the ever-fascinating world of moviemaking. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Raymond Benson is most well-known for being the third&;and first American&;author to be commissioned by the Ian Fleming literary estate to write the James Bond continuation novels between 1996 and 2002. He has been called "a first-class thriller craftsman" by Lee Child and "one of the best thriller writers in the business" by David Morrell. He is the author of nearly forty titles, including the bestselling The Black Stiletto series, now in development as a feature film, and most recently The Secrets on Chicory Lane and In the Hush of the Night. Benson lives in Chicago, Illinois. www.raymondbenson.com

Subject: Women motion picture producers and directors > Fiction.
Motion picture actors and actresses > Fiction.
Interracial dating > Fiction.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) > Fiction.
Genre: Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.

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