Dead is Dead [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Studios rule Hollywood's golden age, and Jake Thorne is a fixer for the best of them, MGM. If you're a big shot, Jake will sober you up, pay off the cops or keep it out of the papers. So when a young girl shows up strangled in a big director's garden, it's all in a days work. But why are the cops trying to warn him off? And why does the dead girl remind him of a past he wants to forget?

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Overview

The Studios rule Hollywood's golden age, and Jake Thorne is a fixer for the best of them, MGM. If you're a big shot, Jake will sober you up, pay off the cops or keep it out of the papers. So when a young girl shows up strangled in a big director's garden, it's all in a days work. But why are the cops trying to warn him off? And why does the dead girl remind him of a past he wants to forget?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011443930
  • Publisher: James Gabriel
  • Publication date: 7/22/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 17,701
  • File size: 698 KB

Meet the Author

James Gabriel has been cannery worker, fry cook, pump jockey, performance car builder, gun dealer, White House staffer, university professor and diplomat. He was born in San Jose, California and has lived in Washington, Manila, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, London and Amman, Jordan. He now summers in Colorado and winters in Carmel. Among other distinctions, he is the only former A%W counterman ever to be both the "quote of the day" in the New York Times and the subject of an article in Car and Driver magazine, to have shaken hands with Charles Lindbergh and had a drink with Buzz Aldrin, and to have danced with his wife in the East Room of the White House and the Grand Ballroom of Buckingham Palace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Dead is Dead

    I could not believe that a book with so many grammatical, spelling and editing errors would be offered for sale! It is horrendous! It was a cheap book, but I still paid good money for it. This book gives ebooks a very bad name!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Strange

    How strange this is. All the complaints about grammar and editing. ? ..... The characters in this book are not Harvard graduates or even close. They talk like the real life character would talk. If you get into the story you expect those words and sentence structure from the characters .

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    UNEDITED NIGHTMARE

    The complete lack of editing overshadowed the plot line. I liked the author's concept of this book, but not the book, itself. Very poorly written.

    I will not be reading any more Smashwords books, as the four I recently read (by four different authors) were all rather lame stories, and all appeared not to have been edited at all.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Not bad, but...

    Please have someone proofread



    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Terrible!!!!

    I made less grammer mistakes in first grade. Doesn't anyone proofread anymore? Sometimes I did not even know what they meant to say. Really ruined the story. Typos etc.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Pretty good!

    Despite a large number of spelling and grammatical errors, I thought the story was petty good. There are some very clever turns of phrase and some amusing descriptions. All in all, not a bad read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Proof reading nightmare

    Story line is good and worth reading BUT proof reader must have been on vacation or perhaps did not know English ! Terrible, mistakes everywhere . Definately not worth paying for - if it's free, great!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Any

    Has to many grammatical errors, very annoying.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Very well written

    Loved this book. Reminded me of the old detective stories on TV. Simple and to the point. Would love to read more by this author.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Not the greatest.

    Who was the lead character? Had the feeling the story started without me. Other characters or names appeared without a description of who they were. Many added, missing, inappropriate, and mis-spelled words made reading even less than enjoyable. Can't recommend this one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Good book but lots of typos.

    Easy read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Good Story, Good Setting, Needs Rewrite

    First, the frequent grammatical and spelling mistakes are annoying. These could all be fixed with a rewrite. Word or WordPerfect spell checker would have fixed most of them.

    Setting - The Hollywood setting after WWI is great. The story could have taken place anywhere, but with this setting, it becomes more interesting. The author makes use of Hollywood celebrities of the era including LB Mayer, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. There are anecdotal mentions of Lucille Ball and Jean Harlow. Most of the details of these celebrities are well known; working them into the story is believable and enhances the story.
    Characters - All of the characters seem too worldly wise, working all the angles, including the 20 something girls at the studio. It would be better to make a few of them a little softer, perhaps na¿ve, something to play off the other characters. All of the characters in and surrounding the movie industry are corrupt pursuing self interest at the expense of others, accepting bribes, using women for sexual gratification, and generally behaving badly. Jake Thorne, the protagonist is basically a dead-beat dad, now with a resurrected moral compass. The author creates an interesting female reporter character in the beginning of the story at the murder scene, promises her something, and then she disappears from the story. Seems to me a wasted character.
    Main character – Jake Thorne needs a rewrite on his back story. It’s hard to root for the protagonist who as a youth gets a young girl pregnant, then joins the navy to escape, sending a few dollars to support the child, but no contact. When he returns from service, he makes a weak attempt to locate his daughter. This is strange in light of his skill level. At the end, Jake doesn’t seem affected enough by what has happened to certain characters, particularly in light of his relationship to them. I think of John D. McDonald with his Travis McGee character and Robert Parker’s Spenser. I think of Humphrey Bogart. They remain strong at the end of their stories, but you can sense their vulnerability and understand how they are affected. With Jake, it’s like another day at the office and he is too static.
    Setting details and dialogue – Much of the setting detail is well done. Some of the remote locations used in the story are now suburban sprawl in the LA area. The author sprinkles in interesting analogies, clever dialogue, similes, and metaphors. The depiction of the LA police department is likely accurate, but were they all on the take?
    Conclusion – Much of my critique could be fixed by the author with another rewrite. After all professional writing is all about rewriting, editing and fixing the back stories of your characters. This is a really interesting story and could be a series character with a rewrite.
    It’s difficult to be a fiction writer. Many writers today need to do their own editing, publishing and marketing. The author has done an above average job on this story. He needs to do a rewrite.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    i could hear the sound track as i was reading,lol

    sometimes felt like it was a '40's type detective story. would be kind of neat if nook would play a sound track,like being in a theater,lol. a nice read.better than a lot of crap on tv. i felt a good use of my time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    The grammar is intentional...

    It's the narrator's voice. Anyone with basic reading comprehension skills should grasp it. If you lack them, just imagine Matt Damon reading it in his "Good Will Hunting", heavy Boston accent.

    It's actually a really good read, so ignore the illiterate yahoos who comment about proofreading and editors. I suspect they aren't Rhodes scholars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Good book

    Recommended read. Like that it weaves the names of celebrities from the "Golden Era" throughout the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Great Read!!

    This was a great story and I'd like to read more about this character. It had everything I look forward to in a great mystery/crime book. This book was free and I just didn't notice the errors that everyone complained about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Confused

    Is the grammer really that bad? I want to read it. Someone give me an example of the grammer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    needs a proof reader

    Not a bad story, but it is so full of errors it is hard to read. Don't waste your time!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Tongue-in-cheek

    A hard-boiled narrator who would be played by Bogart in the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Well...

    It has a great story line but there are grammar and spelling errors a plenty. So much so that at times, the sentence and even the story are hard to follow. Lots of big Hollywood name dropping from the 40's and 50's. Doesn't really help the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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