Hollywood and Crime: Original Crime Stories Set During the History of Hollywood

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Thrilling new stories set during Tinsletown's glittering criminal past by today's top mystery writers.Commissioned exclusively for this anthology and featuring the bestselling, always compelling mystery writer Michael Connelly, as well as his broody LAPD police detective Harry Bosch, and such award-winning, A-list talents in the field of crime fiction as Terence Faherty, Gar Anthony Haywood, Dick Lochte, Stuart Kaminsky, and Bill Pronzini, this collection of Hollywood tales sets a literary Klieg light on the most...
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Thrilling new stories set during Tinsletown's glittering criminal past by today's top mystery writers.Commissioned exclusively for this anthology and featuring the bestselling, always compelling mystery writer Michael Connelly, as well as his broody LAPD police detective Harry Bosch, and such award-winning, A-list talents in the field of crime fiction as Terence Faherty, Gar Anthony Haywood, Dick Lochte, Stuart Kaminsky, and Bill Pronzini, this collection of Hollywood tales sets a literary Klieg light on the most famous intersection in movieland: Hollywood and Vine.
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The 14 stories in this entertaining anthology from Shamus Award–founder Randisi span Tinsel Town history from the 1930s to the present and intersect, literally, at Hollywood and Vine. Top Bosch story, "Suicide Run," and to Lee the detection and the latter for biggest laughs. Other highlights include Max Allan Collins and Three Stooges, Moe Howard, as a detective in their clever "Murderlized," about the 1937 death Robert S. Levinson delivers a wicked portrait of gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in "And the Winner stop a Nazi sharpshooter at the 1960 Academy photographer at Hollywood & Vine Studios to intersection, all the tales pay homage to the storied Hollywood street corner.


As veteran crime writer Randisi notes in his introduction, when some people think of Hollywood, they think fame, glamour, and Disneyland. Others think of the Black Dahlia, O. J., and Fatty Arbuckle--the dark side of the Tinseltown dream. Among the authors represented in this collection of original short stories with a Hollywood theme are marquee names Michael Connelly, Max Allan Collins, Bill Pronzini, and Stuart Kaminsky. Among the best of the 14 featuring Moe Howard of Three Stooges fame investigating the death of his mentor, and extracts justice for a series of murdered starlets. Veteran television screenwriter Lee Goldberg has some fun with a small screen legend back private investigator Leo Bloodworth--still listening to Dinah Shore but on an MP3 player--in a mystery that ends with a devilish poke at the quality of modern screenwriting. This consistently high-quality collection offers readers a nice mix of big names and lesser-knowns who deserve larger audiences.

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The 14 stories in this entertaining anthology from Shamus Award-founder Randisi span Tinsel Town history from the 1930s to the present and intersect, literally, at Hollywood and Vine. Top billing should go to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch story, "Suicide Run," and to Lee Goldberg's "Jack Webb's Star"—the former for the detection and the latter for biggest laughs. Other highlights include Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens's reinvention of one of the Three Stooges, Moe Howard, as a detective in their clever "Murderlized," about the 1937 death of the Stooges' mentor, vaudevillian Ted Healy. Robert S. Levinson delivers a wicked portrait of gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in "And the Winner Is...," which turns on her lackey's efforts to stop a Nazi sharpshooter at the 1960 Academy Awards. From Harry Bosch's visit to a photographer at Hollywood & Vine Studios to Moe's meeting at a coffee shop at that intersection, all the tales pay homage to the storied Hollywood street corner. (June)

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Murder and mayhem-but only traces of glitter-abound in this Hollywood anthology. "I invited fourteen of today's best crime writers to craft a tale around the centerpiece of Hollywood & Vine," says veteran author/anthologist Randisi, and right there, perhaps, is the kiss of death. Pin a writer to a subject, even one so seemingly unconfining as Randisi's appears to be, and you run the risk of creative backlash. Although there are certainly genre stars aboard-the headliners include Michael Connelly, Bill Pronzini and Stuart Kaminsky-their contributions feel dashed off. The sole exception is Terry Faherty's "Closing Credits," featuring series shamus Scott Eliot in a well-written, deftly plotted tale of vengeance, justice and good intentions gone terribly awry. Paul Guyot's "Barry of Hollywood," a near-miss damaged by a bland ending, is notable for one darkly funny line. A defunct golfer has been interred when the narrator adds, "People began to move away from Barry and his bad lie." While the rest, for the most part, are workmanlike and uninspired, "Murderilized," by Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens, falls well below that standard. Here the reader is asked to believe that Moe Howard, of The Three Stooges, can reason along with Sherlock Holmes. Hold for the smack on the head. A collection without much reason for being.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605980133
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Randisi, author of more than a dozen mystery novels, is also the editor of more than twenty-five anthologies. He is the founder of the Private Eye Writers of America, the creator of the Shamus Award, and co-founder of Mystery Scene magazine. He lives in Missouri.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great anthology

    The underlying theme to these fourteen wonderful crime capers is the corner of Hollywood and Vine. All the contributions are strong with a few deserving of award nomination status as this may be the crime anthology of the year. Especially powerful Harry Bosch¿s 'Suicide Run' by Michael Connelly and Moe Howard proves he is no stooge as an amateur sleuth investigating the death of Three Stooges founder Ted Healey in ¿Murderlized¿. With homage to Jack Webb and Hedder Hopper amongst other notables, readers will appreciate Hollywood and Crime however the highlight to this reviewer is the return of private investigator Leo Bloodworth (by Dock Lochte) working a case while listening to the sound of Dinah Shore singing Johnny Mercer on an MP3. As Gar Anthony Haywood¿s character Danny Floyd says in ¿Moving Pictures' claims he knows movies as he has seen the ¿Matrix trilogy six times and both Kill Bills twice apiece¿ ¿who gives a F**k¿ about classic film noirs especially black and white¿. Readers will hooray for Hollywood and Crime as the show must go on. P Harriet Klausner

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