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Stardust: A Novel
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Stardust: A Novel

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by Joseph Kanon
 

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Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from war-torn Europe to find his brother has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful movie career, and a heroic past choose to kill himself?

Ben enters the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business, where politics and the dream factories collide and

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Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from war-torn Europe to find his brother has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful movie career, and a heroic past choose to kill himself?

Ben enters the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business, where politics and the dream factories collide and Communist witch hunts are rendering the biggest star makers vulnerable. Even here, where the devastation of Europe seems no more real than a painted movie set, the war casts long and dangerous shadows. When Ben learns troubling facts about his own family’s past and embarks on a love affair that never should have happened, he is caught in a web of deception that shakes his moral foundation to its core.

Rich with atmosphere and period detail, Stardust flawlessly blends fact and fiction into a haunting thriller evoking both the glory days of the movies and the emergence of a dark strain of American political life.

Editorial Reviews

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"Spectacular in every way...wonderfully imagined, wonderfully written, an urgent personal mystery set against the sweep of glamorous and sinister history. Joseph Kanon owns this corner of the literary landscape and it's a joy to see him reassert his title with such emphatic authority." — Lee Child

"The new Joe Kanon is one of the best, Stardust is the perfect combination of intrigue and accurate history brought to life." — Alan Furst

"Stardust is sensational! No one writes period fiction with the same style and suspense - not to mention substance - as Joseph Kanon. A terrific read." — Scott Turow

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439156322
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
128,731
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.38(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award–winning author of Leaving Berlin, Istanbul Passage, Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, Alibi, Stardust, and The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. He lives in New York City.

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Stardust 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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This author is wonderful. Slowly builds background, introduces characters and begins to weave a wonderfully complex story line. I also enjoyed this historical perspective that is an integral part of each of his books. A wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read for me. I remember about the McCarthy hearings, how lots of actors, etc. were accused of being communists so this story put some "reality fiction?" to what went on and why. Some parts were slow but I would recommend the book as a good read and how it was to have been allied with communists and against the Nazis then after the WWII they were our enemies again.
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BillPilgrim More than 1 year ago
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