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Phony Tinsel
     

Phony Tinsel

by Robert S. Levinson
 

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There's no shortage of tinsel in bestselling author Robert S. Levinson's tenth mystery-thriller set in 1930s Hollywood.

Phony Tinsel starts off when adored film star Sarah Darling digs her claws into Charlie Dickens‚ a naïve‚ quick-tempered screenwriter desperate for success. He's easily seduced into Sarah's scheme to murder her husband‚

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There's no shortage of tinsel in bestselling author Robert S. Levinson's tenth mystery-thriller set in 1930s Hollywood.

Phony Tinsel starts off when adored film star Sarah Darling digs her claws into Charlie Dickens‚ a naïve‚ quick-tempered screenwriter desperate for success. He's easily seduced into Sarah's scheme to murder her husband‚ skirt-chasing producer-director Max Moonglow.

There's romance‚ too‚ as Charlie juggles his emotions between conniving ingénue Polly Wilde and Robin Moon‚ a missing migrant worker he's vowed to rescue from the harsh realities of life beyond Tinseltown.

Sarah‚ meanwhile‚ plays hostess to a stable of lovers from her sex-driven past and her ego-driven present--keys to a future she finds worth the price of a murder or two‚ or three.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Levinson follows A Rhumba in Waltz Time (2011), a well-crafted noir, with this subpar 1930s Hollywood thriller. Charlie Dickens, a struggling screenwriter, has a screenplay he wants to deliver personally to Cecil B. DeMille for the producer's consideration, but Charlie mistakenly enters the grounds of Moonglow Manor, the home of rival producer Maxwell Moonglow, in the Hollywood hills. There Charlie encounters Moonglow's fashion queen actress wife, Sarah Darling, wearing only a bath towel. The hapless auteur's efforts to assist Sarah in a scheme to murder her husband lead to a lot of bloodshed. That Sarah refers to "Earl Stanley, my gardener," may bring a smile from Perry Mason fans, but readers should be prepared for some awkward prose (one female character sits next to Charlie in bed, "her breasts as naked as her grief"), thin characters, and a meandering plot. Hopefully, Levinson will return to form next round. (Jan.)
From the Publisher

The author . . . takes a lighter tone, peppering the tale with humor and wordplay. Fans of Hollywood?s Golden Age will have lots of fun with the real-life movie references.

-Booklist, December 1, 2012

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432826796
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
02/06/2013
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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