Toby Peters looked at the glossy photograph. Yes, that was Errol Flynn in the picture. And, yes, there was a girl with him ... a very young girl. They were both birthday naked, and seemed to be enjoying themselves. No wonder Flynn and Warner Brothers were nervous: if the photograph wasn't a fake, the studio's investment in the star was in serious jeopardy.
Toby found the picture where he was supposed to find it. He wasn't planning to get hit on the head, though, or to find a corpse when he awoke. The first of a series of corpses scattered all over Hollywood.
The trail Toby follows in order to clear Flynn and himself takes him throughout the film colony, and finally onto the set of The Maltese Falcon, where Bogie, Lorre, and Greenstreet find themselves playing roles that aren't rehearsed, but whose execution has to be picture perfect.
©1977 Stuart M. Kaminsky (P)1994 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Lane's pace is fast-moving, keeping up with the action and suspenseful climax of the story." (AudioFile)
I like Kaminsky's stories a lot and this one is no exception. They're lighthearted in the midst of murder and mayhem. But I'll never get another book narrated by Christopher Lane. He has a pattern of speaking every sentence that rarely varies and is often completely inappropriate to the novel's action. I have to run each sentence through my mind a second time, putting the emphasis where it should be, in order to make the story have any meaning. It's just too much work to listen to this narrator.
This was a great listen. Lots of great "old hollywood" references, and a great film noir feel. i wish it had really happened, it would have been a great add on to Flynn's crazy life.
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