Private investigator to the stars Riley Fitzhugh finds himself caught up in the case of a missing Hollywood beauty - and a stolen Monet - in a 1930s hard-boiled caper as deadly as it is delightful.
Hollywood, 1934. Prohibition is finally over, but there is still plenty of crime for an ambitious young private eye to investigate. Though he has a slightly checkered past, Riley Fitzhugh is well connected in the film industry and is hired by a major producer - whose lovely girlfriend has disappeared. He is also hired to recover a stolen Monet, a crime that results in two murders... with more to come. Along the way Riley investigates the gambling ships anchored off LA, gets involved with the girlfriend of the gangster running one of the ships, disposes of the body of a would-be actor who assaults Riley's girlfriend, and meets an elegant English art history professor from UCLA who helps him authenticate several paintings. Living at the Garden of Allah Hotel, Riley meets and assists many Hollywood screenwriters who frequent the hotel bar. Incidentally one of these gents, whose nom de plume is Hobey Baker, might actually be F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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- Mike T.
Not Noir, Not 1934
Perhaps. But I would have to consider long and hard before picking one up.
Get an editor that would remove the repetitiveness of the dialogue and story.How many times to we have to hear about his undercover work in Youngstown?How many brassy (but gorgeous) women can he bed?The dialogue is cartoonish. I have not "researched" but the book seems to abound with anachronisms.
no -- his attempt to voice the protagonist as a cynical, smart guy made me cringe. I found it creepy.
It seemed to have promise but fizzled on plot and characters.