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Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, And Madness At The Dawn Of Hollywood Paperback – 21 Sep 2015

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins - US; Reprint edition (21 September 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062242199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062242198
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you love a good mystery and vintage Hollywood lore-which doesn't read much differently than current Hollywood lore-I recommend Tinseltown without reservation."--Liz Smith

"Tinseltown is an immensely enjoyable read as a recreation of a murder, and a fascinating time [and] place."--McClatchy News Service

"Author William J. Mann paints a striking portrait of Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties--a sparkling yet schizophrenic town filled with party girls, drug dealers, religious zealots, newly-minted legends and starlets already past their prime; a dangerous place where the powerful could still run afoul of the desperate."--TCM.com

"Mann's call sheet of colorful characters is so richly painted, they not only make the Roaring '20s come to life, they're so bizarre they seem like they could only exist in a movie."--Entertainment Weekly

"Sex! Drama! Scandal! If you have the slightest curiosity about the dark purple scars of Hollywood history, this is the go-to book you cannot miss. . . Epic and fabulous--every page is haunting, every chapter a film noir. I was up all night."--Rex Reed

"William Mann fires on all cylinders in this fascinating real-life crime story that has stumped film fans since 1922. A page-turner with incredible research and prose double-boiled, Tinseltown is a whodunit tour de force, revealing the dark heart of Hollywood."--Patrick McGilligan, author of Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light

"The book's power derives not just from piecing together the clues and analyzing motives; Los Angeles is very present as well."--Publishers Weekly

"A gripping true-crime story that encompasses a colorful period in film history . . . Mann seamlessly weaves the details of the murder investigation, witnesses and newspaper accounts into the rich history of early film . . . Mann masterfully captures the zeitgeist of Hollywood in its early days."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[A] gripping true-crime narrative. . . . Mann expertly juggles the various threads of the narrative to a satisfying conclusion that is sure to please both true-crime and film-history enthusiasts."--Booklist

"Tinseltown does a fine job of parceling out its complex plot, and its author brings early Hollywood to life with the flair of a popular historian."--Wall Street Journal

From the Back Cover

In the early 1920s, Hollywood was threatened by a string of scandals—including the murder of the handsome, secretly haunted actor and director William Desmond Taylor, a crime that went unsolved for nearly a century. Now, in this fiendishly involvingNew York Times bestseller—hailed as "a must-read" by Liz Smith—William Mann draws on a rich host of sources, many untapped for decades, to revisit the case of the enigmatic Taylor and the diverse cast that surrounded him—including three loyal ingenues, a devoted valet, a gang of two-bit thugs, and moguls Adolph Zukor and Marcus Loew, locked in a struggle for control of the exploding industry. Along the way, Mann brings to life Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties: a town filled with celebrities, party girls, and drug dealers—a dangerous place where the powerful could still run afoul of the desperate.

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