Friday, June 28, 2013

THE FAME THIEF by Timothy Hallinan (Soho)

Get ready to laugh in public! Hollywood burgler turned private detective Junior Bender is justifiably concerned when he's hauled before mob boss and movie king Irwin Dressler. Irwin wants Junior to investigate a nearly 70-year old crime. (That Irwin is obviously older than the crime makes no difference to his threat and influence.) Junior's task: To find out who released compromising photos of starlet Dolores La Marr which caused her promising career to tank.

Because no one today would blink an eye at the story, it's particularly funny to see how far some folks will go to protect it. Hallinan, naturally, brings a deft hand to the telling, and humor bubbles over from the beginning. The Fame Thief will keep you laughing long after you close the cover.

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