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Posted June 29, 2010
Film Buffs' Feast
Fans of old time cinema will probably love this second Valentino adventure. Loren D. Estleman is as reliable a writer as we have today. He is even more versatile than the late John D. MacDonald and as good or better at prose and plot. The story is a bit thin but you hardly notice until after the book ends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 27, 2010
never alone with loren d estelman
a longtime fan, i've been a little disappointed by the author's recent output. however, the new valentino series seems to be a return to form: full of fascinating detail and interesting characters, i look forward to getting to know them more. only problem with this book? a rather sudden and mundane ending.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2010
A Fun Cinema Themed Mystery
Valentino is a film preservationist who is restoring a movie palace. His girlfriend Harriet, a forensic pathologist, is a dead ringer for Greta Garbo. They are invited to a Garbo costume party hosted by Rankin, a rich businessman. His wife was a close friend of Garbo and they corresponded frequently. He has in his possession Garbo's first appearance on film, a short called "How Not To Dress." Through Valentino's interest in this film, he becomes involved in a murder investigation. Rankin has killed his secretary in self defense. He was black mailing Rankin with a love letter from Garbo to his wife.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Valentino's life gets even more complicated when a building inspector tries to stop the renovation of his movie theater. He is evicted from the theater, where he happens to be living, and moves in with his mentor Broadbent, an elderly insomniac film historian who is dating a twenty year old.
This novel is the second in the Valentino mystery series. It is a fun read. Valentino's experience is full of odd characters and situations. His work as a film preservationist lends interesting cinema history to the narrative. Valentino's personal life and the bits of film history out shine the actual mystery. Although, there is a twist at the end that I did not see coming.
Posted August 12, 2011
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