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It was thought to be the greatest horror film ever but all prints were destroyed by fire before it could be released, except one. A terrifying thrill ride through the hidden chasms of the human soul' Chris Brookmyre 'I absolutely adored it. A breathtaking, dark beauty and a potent sensuality radiate from the woman, who is dressed in a figure- hugging, diaphanous cloth-of-gold kalasiris.

Here the 1927 story dominates, with the evil that lurked in Louisiana now looming over Tinseltown and Rourke’s investigation of Carlton’s killing. In addition to the two main narratives following Paul and Mary, there is a third thread flashing back to around the turn of the 20th century Louisiana, where Voodoo and necromancy come into play as a woman and her daughter living in the bayou get caught up in a frenzied witch hunt. Craig Russell’s The Devil’s Playground is a lavish production of the golden age of Hollywood… Deliciously, the cool, hard-bitten tone of Mary’s chapters is in lockstep with that of a classic noir.

He thinks of rising from his chair to examine the books on the shelves, but the black gaze of the huge dog keeps him pinioned. She is wearing a blue, well-tailored jacket-and-skirt suit that is expensive without being extravagant. Smooth highway asphalt yields to blacktop cracked into snakeskin scales by a caustic sun, which in turn yields to powder-­dry dirt track.

Of course, she bites off more than she can chew when she gets involved in the murder of a famous actress. His intermingling of real and imagined characters and events makes it easy to forget that you are reading a novel, at least that's what I hoped it was. The architectural vernacular is a mix of Spanish Colonial Revival grandness and poured-concrete amenity. He slows as he approaches the house and sees that the wood of the roof shingles, the deep eaves and clapboard siding has been stained dark and restained darker over the years, until the house has become an impossible black silhouette in the desert, impervious to the scalpel-­sharp sunlight. Part of the book’s intrigue derives from trying to unravel clues about which roles the characters from the past come to play in Hollywood.Michaelides takes a literary turn in his latest novel, employing an unreliable narrator, the structure of classical drama, and a self-conscious eye to dismantling the locked-room mystery. Ultimately, I feel this book could have benefitted from a more firm editor and the removal of a lot of the fluff, fancy words and excessive description to make the actual plot points easier to find and follow.

This is an epic tale of a book and wanna thoroughly enjoyed I absolutely love historical fiction and historical True Crime so I knew I would love a book that was historical crime fiction and I certainly did! Despite being more striking, it does not match the other pieces in color or value: painted wire substitutes gold, glass and paste imitate jewels. Award-winning author Craig Russell's novels have been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide.

Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Prevention, Health, Washingtonian, and numerous other publications. The Devil’s Playground, set partly in a richly evoked 1920s Hollywood, plays like Chinatown meets The Ring, and it’s the most sheerly entertaining novel I’ve raced through in at least a year … fresh, forceful, elegant but wild. A former police officer, Craig Russell is the only non-German to have been awarded the Polizeistern - the Hamburg Police's Police Star. And yet, I say that, but perhaps there is something about the way in which the Hollywood elite lived, that sense of entitlement which comes through in the text, that made certain revelations far less shocking and almost gave them an air of inevitability. His previous works include The Devil Aspect, the Fabel Series of thrillers and the Lennox Series of noir mysteries.

Mary’s boss, Harry Carbine, realizing a murder could ruin his already financially tapped-out studio, sends her to find the killer. Mary discovers after she has covered up the suicide, that Norma was murdered, and her boss, Harry Carbine, who has bet the entire house on the success of the horror movie, asks her to investigate, despite her inexperience. Jeffery Deaver, author of The Bone Collector Praise for Hyde 'Stephen King meets Robert Louis Stevenson. There is no conversation; she simply gives a series of instructions, then hangs the earpiece back in its cradle.After the water in the lake dried up, so did tourism and the cashflow, leading its destitute owner to kill himself and his family in a horrific murder-suicide. Absolutely stunning' M W Craven FROM CWA DAGGER AND DOUBLE McILVANNEY AWARD WINNER CRAIG RUSSELL COMES ANOTHER DARK, GRIPPING MASTERPIECE .

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