Alone (Valentino Mystery Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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The second wacky comedic murder romp for Hollywood film detective Valentino

Valentino wants to keep The Oracle, his beloved run-down movie palace, from being condemned before it even reopens, but murder keeps intruding into his otherwise quiet life. At a gala party held in memory of screen legend Greta Garbo, he’s having fun until the host, a hotshot developer named Matthew...
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Overview


The second wacky comedic murder romp for Hollywood film detective Valentino

Valentino wants to keep The Oracle, his beloved run-down movie palace, from being condemned before it even reopens, but murder keeps intruding into his otherwise quiet life. At a gala party held in memory of screen legend Greta Garbo, he’s having fun until the host, a hotshot developer named Matthew Rankin, tells Valentino about a certain letter from Garbo to his late wife. She and Garbo had been…close.

Such a letter is of great interest to a film archivist like Valentino, but the the plot thickens when Rankin tells Val that his assistant, Akers, is using this letter to blackmail him. Val is appalled by the thought of blackmail…but that letter sounds juicier all the time. Returning to Rankin’s mansion after the party, Val finds Rankin sitting at his desk with a pistol in his hand, looking at Akers’s dead body on the floor.

Valentino’s in a quandary. He’d love to see that letter, but he can’t. He’s gotten his girlfriend—who works for the police—in trouble, so his love life is, pardon the expression, shot to hell. Worse yet, the building inspector has kicked him out of his unfinished living space in the Oracle, so he takes his life in his hands and moves in with his eccentric mentor, the elderly, insomniac Professor Broadhead. No love, no sleep, no letter—life isn’t fair!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Shamus-winner Estleman's captivating second mystery to feature L.A. film detective Valentino (after 2008's Frames) focuses on legendary screen actress Greta Garbo. In 2005, Matthew Rankin, an elderly department store mogul whose late wife was a close friend of Garbo's, hosts a party honoring the 100th anniversary of Garbo's birth at his Beverly Hills mansion. During the party, Rankin offers to donate a copy of a rare promotional film that Garbo made when she was a salesgirl in Sweden, How Not to Dress, to the UCLA Film Preservation Department if Valentino will dig up dirt on Roger Akers, the tycoon's assistant, who's been blackmailing him. A few days later, Valentino walks into Rankin's study to find the mogul holding a smoking gun and Akers lying dead in front of his desk. Rankin claims he shot Akers in self-defense. Is Rankin telling the truth? Readers will eagerly turn the pages to learn the answer. (Dec.)
Library Journal
In his second outing (after Frames), UCLA film archivist Valentino gets embroiled in a case involving a love letter supposedly written by Greta Garbo in 1950 that is being used to blackmail the husband of the letter's recipient. Who cares, you might ask? But Garbo is still big news, and soon Valentino is tripping over eager media hounds and trying to stay out of the way of the police investigating the death of the blackmailer. VERDICT Prolific award-winning author Estleman (Gas City; American Detective) opens the film industry's back door and allows readers to get a glimpse of the world of film preservation. Full of humor and delightful cinema knowledge, this is sure to please mystery fans who love Hollywood. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 8/09.]\
Kirkus Reviews
Once upon a time, silver-screen siren Greta Garbo could drive men to homicide. So what else is new?Valentino (he's secretive about his first name) adores old movies and, lucky him, earns his bread by tracking them down for the Department of Film Preservation at UCLA. At the moment, however, he's feeling less than lucky because he's immersed in three simultaneous love affairs and a related case of heartburn. The first is with Garbo, star of stars. Cineastes know that she made her debut at 16 in a promotional film for a Swedish retailer; Garbo-besotted Val palpitates at the hope of getting his hands on this treasure. Second is the Oracle. In its heyday a byword for movie-palace opulence, it's now a derelict money pit for Val, blinkered by passion, who's about to go broke attempting to restore it. Lovely, smart, funny Harriet Johansen deserves a ranking higher than third, but she doesn't get it because Val is clueless about living, breathing women. Obviously, life has become an existential conundrum for our hero even before he finds himself up to his eyeballs in the Garbo-related murder of a slimy no-good named Roger Akers. Who cares who killed Roger Akers? Suddenly, Val has to. Second in a series that marks a pleasant departure for the estimable Estleman (Frames, 2008, etc.), who's spent most of his 60-plus novels on the dark side.
From the Publisher

"Shamus-winner Estleman's captivating second mystery to feature L.A. film detective Valentino...Readers will eargly turn the pages."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Praise for the first Valentino mystery, Frames:

“Estleman has laid claim to a fresh new franchise and the turf is all his. My hat’s off to him.” —Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author

“Estleman marvelously mixes movies and mayhem in a way sure to please film buffs and mystery fans alike. Frames is another winner from a master.” —John Jakes, New York Times bestselling author

Frames is gripping entertainment. If you were watching it in a movie theater—a place for which Estleman has a palpable affection —you’d look down in shock to find you’d unconsciously consumed your entire (large-size) popcorn. If you love movies, you’ll love this mystery.” —Lawrence Kasdan, Academy Award–nominated Director and Screenwriter of The Big Chill

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429967938
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 1/4/2010
  • Series: Valentino Mystery Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 478,231
  • File size: 344 KB

Meet the Author


LOREN D. ESTLEMAN has written more than sixty novels, including Frames, Gas City, and American Detective. His work has earned him four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards, and three Western Heritage Awards. He lives in Michigan with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.
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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    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.

    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.

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