In 1955 Edna Ferber is basking in the success of her blockbuster novel Giant. Director George Stevens and Warner Brothers Studio are in the final days of filming her Texas oil epic, and Edna looks forward to meeting Rock Hudson, Liz Taylor, and especially young James Dean.
But there is trouble brewing. James Dean, the new box-office sensation and teen heartthrob, has been accused of fathering a child with an unstable extra named Carisa Krausse. The studio fears the negative publicity will jeopardize the release of the movie.
Then the actress is murdered, and James Dean is the prime suspect.
With character-actress Mercedes McCambridge as her sympathetic sidekick, a shaken Edna investigates the killing, determined to clear Deanas name.
Edna soon entrenches herself in the life of the often secretive maverick actor. But can she prove his innocence? The more she investigates the more she uncovers simmering rivalries, petty jealousies, and cruel infidelitiesathe dark underside of glittering Hollywood.
A dynamite debut launches a series for Ferber as shrewd sleuth.
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Forget that she started out as a newspaperr reporter and was part of new york writers and stage and yet this book implies she did not recognize anyone as being gay and that the studios knew and tried to get everyone married off at least once in her auto bio she always was observing and researhing as a reporter also her maid cook at the time was black and maids son was a writer and college grad