Valentino

7 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

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Enter Valentino, a mild-mannered UCLA film archivist, who buys a decrepit movie palace and uncovers a skeleton in the secret Prohibition basement. He then makes a second discovery: long-lost, priceless, reels of film: Erich von Stroheim's infamous Greed. The LAPD wants to take the reels as evidence, jeopardizing the precious old film. If Valentino wants to save his find, he has only one choice: solve the murder within 72 hours with the help of his mentor, the noted film scholar Broadhead, and Fanta, a feisty if slightly flaky young law student.

Between a budding romance with a beautiful forensics investigator and visions of Von Stroheim's ghost, Valentino's madcap race to save the flick is as fast and frenetic as a classic screwball comedy.

©2008 Loren D. Estleman (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
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  • Book 1

    • Frames

    • By: Loren D. Estleman
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Enter Valentino, a mild-mannered UCLA film archivist, who buys a decrepit movie palace and uncovers a skeleton in the secret Prohibition basement. He then makes a second discovery: long-lost, priceless, reels of film: Erich von Stroheim's infamous Greed. The LAPD wants to take the reels as evidence, jeopardizing the precious old film.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By John Burrus on 07-05-13

    Regular price: $13.97

    • Frames

    • By: Loren D. Estleman
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    Enter Valentino, a mild-mannered UCLA film archivist, who buys a decrepit movie palace and uncovers a skeleton in the secret Prohibition basement. He then makes a second discovery: long-lost, priceless, reels of film: Erich von Stroheim's infamous Greed. The LAPD wants to take the reels as evidence, jeopardising the precious old film.

    Regular price: $14.71

  • Book 2

    • Alone

    • By: Loren D. Estleman
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The second wacky comedic murder romp for Hollywood film detective Valentino. Valentino wants to keep The Oracle, his beloved run-down movie palace, from being condemned before it even reopens, but murder keeps intruding into his otherwise quiet life. At a gala party held in memory of screen legend Greta Garbo, he's having fun until the host, a hotshot developer named Rankin, tells Valentino about a certain letter from Garbo to his late wife. She and Garbo had been...close. Such a letter is of great interest to a film archivist like Valentino. But the plot thickens when Rankin tells Val that his assistant, Akers, is using this letter to blackmail him.

    Regular price: $17.45

    • Alone

    • By: Loren D. Estleman
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    At a gala party held in memory of screen legend Greta Garbo, Hollywood film detective Valentino is having fun until the host, a hotshot developer named Rankin, tells Valentino about a certain letter from Garbo to his late wife. She and Garbo had been…close. Such a letter is of great interest to a film archivist like Valentino, but the plot thickens when Rankin tells Val that his assistant, Akers, is using this letter to blackmail him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Movie history, old crime and new love.

    • By Tina Tipton on 05-16-12

    Regular price: $15.36

  • Book 3

    • Alive

    • By: Loren D. Estleman
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Bela Lugosi's Frankenstein screen test puts Valentino in the picture for murder.... Everyone knows Frankenstein's monster was played by Boris Karloff. His portrayal is so famous that the play Arsenic and Old Lace was filled with Karloff/monster jokes - even when the part of the deformed villain was played by another actor. But before Karloff's memorable portrayal, another 1930s Hollywood icon, Bela Lugosi, tested for the part of the monster. The test footage was lost for decades, until Valentino, that never-say-die film archivist, gets a hot tip about the whereabouts of the incriminating (for really bad, heavily accented acting) footage.

    Regular price: $16.02

    • Alive!

    • By: Loren D. Estleman
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Everyone knows the Frankenstein monster was played by Boris Karloff. But before Karloff’s memorable portrayal, another famous 1930s Hollywood icon, Bela Lugosi, tested for the part of the monster. The screen test footage was lost for decades, until Valentino, the never-say-die film archivist, gets a hot tip about the whereabouts of the incriminating (for really bad, heavily accented acting) footage. But it comes with a price far greater than the money he’ll have to pay.

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 4

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