Rick Barron, a sharp, capable detective on the Beverly Hills force, finds himself demoted after a run-in with a superior officer, but he soon lands a job other cops only dream about: the security detail for Centurion Pictures, one of the hottest studios in the midst of Hollywood's golden age of the late 1930s.
As the protector of the studio's interests, Barron looks after the elite of filmdom's stars - among them Clete Barrow, a British leading man with a penchant for parties, and Glenna Gleason, a peach of a talent on the verge of stardom. Rick's easy charm has society columnists dubbing him "the Prince of Beverly Hills", the white knight of movie stars, until he stumbles across a murder cover-up and a blackmail scam that threaten the studio's business and may have origins with some unsavory characters.
When two suspicious deaths begin to look like a double murder and an attempt is made on someone who has become an intimate friend, Barron knows he is up against wise guys whose stakes are nothing less than do or die. A dicey war of nerves is on.
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Excelent movement throughout the book
Like the new character - a bit anti-climatic
Like the change of time periods and the inclusion of real-life actors -wondered how much truth was actually incorporated into the lives of David Niven, Bugsy Siegel etc.
There were several nice new characters for a Stuart Wood novel.
Narration was okay, but would have enjoyed Tony better.
A bit anti-climatic but would work for a follow up
- Remy Darden