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1920s

Written in a film noir style William J. Mann delivers a fascinating tale of murder, sex, and young Hollywood. Three film actress, one director, and more than four conspiracies about the why of his death. Mann’s research into this almost 100 year old murder is solid but the best part of the book is the writing style. Mann uses words to give the correct ambiance to the story. They are not movies but pictures, it is not a clue but a clew, and dozens of other little touches to give this book the feel of the twenties. Mann builds the story from the past of all the people involved then the night of the murder then moving into the slow future. He gives the reader perspective on both the murdered and those around him. This is an intellectual true crime noir that will move you.

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