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.More
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Old movies, new love, old crime.
Yes, as I love the way William Dufris read each character so well.
I was never tense, but I did want to know who had committed the crime and why. It's very intelligent and quite funny.
The mentor is wonderful. And the secretary is priceless!
No single moment comes to mind, but the story as a whole touched me deeply. I will listen to it again very soon.
I am keeping watch to see when any new books come out from Loren D. Estleman. And I have a growing library read by William Dufris.
I recommend both "Alone" and "Frames". They are satisfying stories, well-read and I laughed out loud many times.
- Tina Tipton "RPG, history and movie fan"