Kill Me Againby Terence Faherty
How do you top your best work? In Hollywood, you make a sequel. That's the plan in 1947 when filming begins on a follow-up to the wartime romance Passage to Lisbon. The screenwriter is accused of being a Communist. Enter Scott Elliott, a former actor and soldier who is struggling to find a place in a changing Hollywood. To save the movie, Elliott must untangle a
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How do you top your best work? In Hollywood, you make a sequel. That's the plan in 1947 when filming begins on a follow-up to the wartime romance Passage to Lisbon. The screenwriter is accused of being a Communist. Enter Scott Elliott, a former actor and soldier who is struggling to find a place in a changing Hollywood. To save the movie, Elliott must untangle a tale of murder, sin and redemption.
More deeply imagined than George Baxt's or Stuart Kaminsky's knockabout nostalgia bingesElliott's really drunk deep of this postwar disillusionment stuffbut the mystery packs as many curves as Betty Grable.
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Terence Faherty won the Shamus Award for Come Back Dead, the second novel in the Scott Elliott series. He also writes the Edgar-nominated Owen Keane series. Faherty lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife Jan.
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In 1947, the soldiers have returned from WWII but everything is not back to normal. Suspicion of Communism remains, and America needs its heroes. Hollywood decides to capitalize on this by making a Love Me Again, the sequel to its hit 1942 WWI movie, Passage to Lisbon. Scott Elliott was an up-and-coming actor until the war took both his opportunity and his will to become a star. He¿s now working for his friend Paddy McGuire¿s Hollywood Security Agency, protecting the studios from scandal and the stars from prosecution. Their assignment this time is to discover whether letters sent to Jack Warner, of Warner Brothers, accusing head writer Bert Kramer of being a Communist are true or an attempt to sabotage the movie. With the threat of a House of Un-American Activities Committee calling for testimonies it¿s vital that the studio protect its investment at all costs. When Kramer is found shot to death in his home following a drunken confrontation with the producer, Vincent Mediate, everyone is worried that someone involved in the movie may have murdered him to prevent any association of the film with Communism. There¿s also an ambitious writer waiting to take his slot in the credits, a not-so-grieving widow, and rampant post-war paranoia. To distract Elliott is the very sexy publicist of Love Me Again, an old flame of Elliott¿s who just happens to be married to the producerr, and, of course, Elliott¿s need to find out just how the sequel to his beloved movie will end. This is a fun throwback to old Hollywood, where women are dames, the red are the enemy, and the noir dialogue is snappy and tough. Elliott is a determined investigator whose smart mouth is sometimes faster than his fists. The glimpse into old Hollywood movie-making is as fascinating as it is entertaining, and I found myself as interested in discovering the end of the movie as I was in the identity of the murderer. Hopefully, The Mystery Company will be reprinting the other Scott Elliott Mysteries from the 90¿s. Or at least that Faherty will continue to write more of them.