THE SUNSET BOULEVARD DIALOGUES

THE SUNSET BOULEVARD DIALOGUES

by Maynard Allington

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Overview

Private INvestigator Rich Hazzard receives an unusual invitation to tea, accompanied by a photo of a woman whose throat has been cut. A perfumed note reads: "If the photo interests you, please call on me at this address - CARA SHEARS."

The address turns out to be an estate on Sunset Boulevard. A mute bodyguard ushers him into a dimly-lit suite where portraits of a stunningly beautiful girl cover a gallery wall. The girl is Cara Shears, a silent film actress who abandoned Hollywood for Berlin and German expressionist films in 1933. Hiding from view behind a silk partition, she tells him she's dying from cancer and wants him to write her story, which also involves the woman with the slashed throat.

In a series of taped conversations, Cara Shears recounts her life, and it's soon obvious to Hazzard that he's dealing with a serial pattern of murder. He never sees her face on the other side of the silk portiere and comes to wonder if the person talking to him really is the one time film actress. What he doesn't know is that he's being set up as the final victim in a complex scenario of murder that traces back to Hitler's Third Reich.

THE SUNSET BOULEVARD DIALOGUES is an offbeat neo-noir mystery. While it keeps the noir voice, it has the architecture of a literary novel with a powerful theme as opposed to the formula driven mystery.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013067080
Publisher: Maynard Allington
Publication date: 08/26/2011
Series: Rich Hazzard Mystery Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

In addition to short stories and essays, Maynard Allington is the author of three novels in the literate thriller category, THE GREY WOLF, THE FOX IN THE FIELD, and THE COURT OF BLUE SHADOWS, which The New York Times called: "Beautifully written. . . a sensitive and powerful examination of humanity at its worst and at its best."
Allington is also the author of a new EBOOK mystery series, featuring Hollywood PI Rich Hazzard. THE PSYCHONEUROTIC VAMPIRE and THE SUNSET BOULEVARD DIALOGUES are both available at NOOK. More information can be found at the author's web site (www.maynardallington.com)

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