Death Is a Lonely Business

Death Is a Lonely Business

by Ray Bradbury
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Death Is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury

In DEATH IS A LONELY BUSINESS, Ray Bradbury, a master of the modern supernatural, works his magic in a new way, giving us a novel that is a loving tribute to the hard-boiled detective genre and a nostalgic evocation of time and place.

It is 1949 in Venice, California and the last great amusement pier is coming down. Amid this death there are four others--all seemingly accidental or natural. But two people are not so sure. One is detective Elmo Crumley. The other a young man who sits all day pounding out stories for True Detective. They both believe these deaths are murders and suddenly the killer is stalking them.

"A novel that will delight Bradbury's confirmed fans, and a wonderful introduction for readers who have yet to discover his storytelling sorcery." (Publisher's Source)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553354621
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/1991
Pages: 288

About the Author

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.

Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

August 22, 1920

Place of Birth:

Waukegan, Illinois


Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California

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Death Is a Lonely Business 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...lots of irritating typos. Otherwise it's Bradbury, so it's good.
DJ24 More than 1 year ago
Ray Bradbury's book was different than books I have read in the past. This book I feel was not very good. The book lacked a good plot and was quite boring. While reading the book, in order to really understand what happened your concentration needs to be complete and even then its hard to put the very weak and hidden clues together. The only bright part of the book for me was near the end where I thought I knew the killer but when the real killer was revealed it seemed rather dull and seperate from the book. Since the real killer seemed seperate the whole book felt wrong because I couldn't find any clues throughout pointing to that person. Although there is a bright spot towards the way it was written. As I read the book it had enough imagery to allow me to create an image and understand what was happening as the story went on. With all these parts missing or hidden i don't believe I will be picking up another Ray Bradbury book any time soon.