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 Arbucklethe 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 Bloodworthstill listening to Dinah Shore but on an MP3 playerin 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.