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Publisher's Summary

At the dawn of 1942, the dark days of Pearl Harbor still loom over Los Angeles. America is now at war, and posters warn home front Hollywoodites that loose lips sink ships. Wartime propaganda is the name of the game, and studios are expected to conjure stories that galvanize the public in favor of the war effort. Marcus Adler is an MGM screenwriter whose latest movie was stolen out from under his whiskey glass, and he's determined it won't happen again. He comes up with a surefire hit, but his chance to triumph is threatened by a vicious rumor: "Marcus Adler is a goddamned commie." Gwendolyn Brick is the handiest gal with a needle this side of Edith Head. After losing her job at the Cocoanut Grove, she dreams of opening her own dress store. But banks don't make loans to single girls. However, wartime in LA opens up an opportunity that will rake in the bucks. But will it be worth the trouble if it drags her back into the orbit of Bugsy Siegel? At the outbreak of war, the Hollywood Reporter's circulation starts to shrink like a food rations coupon book. Its lead columnist, Kathryn Massey, realizes she can no longer ignore the obvious: her boss, Billy Wilkerson, is gambling away his fortune - and her future. Could their very survival depend on a place nobody's heard of called Las Vegas? In the city of searchlights, suspicions can lurk behind every shadow. Searchlights and Shadows is the fourth in Martin Turnbull's series of historical novels set during Hollywood's golden age.
©2015 Martin Turnbull (P)2015 Martin Turnbull
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 07-12-15

Step into the world of Hollywood post Pearl Harbor

I've come late to this series, but that doesn't seem to matter. See the publisher's summary for an adequate recap of the story without spoilers. The author manages to weave historical personages and documented behaviors with fictional characters in a way that is seamless, pleasing, and revealing of deep historical research. If you enjoy this era and place, you cannot miss with this book. I know that I want to read the other books in this series, not because of any lack in this one, but because I know that I will enjoy them.
Mr Axt brings his talents to this performance in ways that enhance the depth and personalities of each character, making the entire experience more riveting.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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5 out of 5 stars
By ZacharyKindle Customer on 09-03-17


Where does Searchlights and Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a fun book, but not in the top ten.

Who was your favorite character and why?


Which character – as performed by Lance Roger Axt – was your favorite?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


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5 out of 5 stars
By jen on 07-31-15

Another exceptional instalment

Mr Turnbull has done it again and even better. The 4th book in this series was every bit intoxicating as the first 3 and then some. Can't wait for the next book in this series. My goodness... What will happen next?

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