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Play Him Again (A Matt Hudson Roaring Twenties Crime Novel) Kindle Edition

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"Let me run this down really quick:
Story:  Outstanding
Storytelling:  Outstanding
Characterization:  Outstanding
Scene and Setting:  Outstanding
Did I love this book? I could hardly put it down. Los Angeles in the 1920s, rum runners, grifters and con artists, mob men, blackmail, murder, hijacking on both land and sea, silent movie stars and a movie industry reluctant to embrace 'talkies' - this book has it all."   Julie Weight  Book reviewer/blogger

"The snowball of the plot starts rolling very fast downhill, getting bigger and bigger and more complicated and more dangerous as the novel carries you along in its wake. . .When you close the book you will almost think you have been dunked in the twenties era, the novel is that pervasive and full of details. . ."   P. B. Sharp, Top 500 Reviewer

"Once it gets rolling, it is like a train on a 90 degree slope!"  Susannah St. Clair, Vine Voice

"A totally engrossing reader's hook launches this story into orbit, and the adventure, excitement, and thrills never stop. Play Him Again is a novel I could not put down.  Author Jeffrey Stone's portrayal of this forgotten era is as vivid as if he had lived it, and he causes readers to feel they are living it now."   Mallory Anne-Marie Haws, Top 1000 Reviewer

"The characters are vivid, electric and believable. . .There is an underlying tension that moves the story forward at a steady pace keeping the pages turning."  Karen Doering, Top 1000 Reviewer

"Jeffrey Stone delivers a compelling story with twists-and-turns from beginning to end. . .The research for this book is excellent, the story is fascinating and thrilling, and the characters are indeed unforgettable."  Geraldine Ahearn,  Author and Top 1000 Reviewer

Product Details

  • File Size: 1652 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Riverdale Press (March 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M0M8EW
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Jeffrey M. Stone is the author of the Matt Hudson series. Hud is a Prohibition era rum-runner/bootlegger who wants to break into the movie business as a producer. The first book, "Play Him Again", takes place in the Roaring Twenties as Hollywood resists the adoption of sound.

As a reader, Jeffrey's preferred genres have always been mystery/crime and historical fiction. As a writer, he aspires to write well researched, entertaining crime stories that transport readers into a different time and place.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Jeffrey moved to Santa Monica, California, in his early twenties and now lives in the city of Sonoma, in the Northern California wine country. Two of his favorite interests are watching movies and playing tennis.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on July 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Set in California in the Roaring 20's when silent movies are the rage and producing talkies is just too expensive. Only two studios even have equipment to add the sound and they don't want to share even with their favorite bootlegger, Matt Hudson. His dream is to make a film with actors actually talking and rake in the dough. His oldest friend in the world, con man Danny Kincaid, tries to use the talkie gold mine angle to his favor with a Chicago mobster fresh to California. Sadly he ends up dead, swimming with the fishes. "Hud" goes on a mission to track down Danny's killer hoping he doesn't join Danny in the morgue.

This was a quick fun read that was very interesting. Spattered with big time actors of the 20's like Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks who all happen to be friends with Matt "Hud" Hudson. Hud's girlfriend is upset she is not as friendly with the famous trio.

Referencing the success of the movie The Jazz Singer really set the time and place of the story. This piece of fiction seems to have been well researched regarding the era, movie making and prohibition which makes it believable. The plot and subplots are polished and interwoven but at times the story is a bit bogged down trying to let the reader know just too much.

I was really taken with the characters the author created. The famous ones acted as expected but "Hud" especially was multifaceted. A man trying to better himself, wanting out of bootlegging and trying to make himself something in the hot industry of the era, making movies.

I can't wait to see where the author takes Matthew "Hud" Hudson next!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Rhubarb on September 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Author Jeffry Stone has really written two completely different books, all under one title. First, he has written what essentially could be submitted as a Wikipedia article or college paper on prohibition and rumrunning in Los Angeles in the pre-Depression years and the advent of sound in the movies. It was kind of fun, since I lived only a few blocks from where most of the studio section took place.

Second, he has written a novel about the death of a con man and the revenge eventually brought down upon the head of the perpetrator by his best friend and assorted companions. Quite a good story, actually.

The difference between the two writings is quite stark. The scholarly article has no spelling errors, no errors in punctuation, and is quite stiff and formal, as you would expect.

The novel is full of slang and violent episodes and a convoluted plot, with its full share of punctuation and grammatical errors, (which could be easily found by a competent editor and not seriously detracting from the action story).

The final outcome is that the book is disjointed and very odd--almost as if there had been two authors at work, one academic and the other a crime novelist. I really had trouble getting all the way through it, past pages of exposition and historical detail and unnecessary background (do I really care how the boxman came to be working in Los Angeles with a bad knee? No.)

Lots of potential. Needs work.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Darija on March 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Rum running, con games, transplanted Chicago gangsters, the movie industry at a crossroad, and most of all revenge; all set in prohibition era Los Angeles gives this crime novel a lot of punch. The plot is utterly believable while at the same time an exciting and entertaining read. The bonus is all the obvious research that Mr. Stone did into life and times in 1920's LA. How the movie stars got their booze in this time of legislated temperance and how the powers that be in Hollywood dealt with the preposterous notion of actually adding sound to motion pictures. The main story line is one of friendship, loyalty and ultimately payback as the good bad guy (the main character Hud) uses guile and treachery to ensnare and then destroy the bad bad guys to avenge the brutal slaying of a friend. As a native of Los Angeles I found the historic facts of this period to be very informative and fascinating. And I thought these facts only added to the exhilarating crime drama played out over my city some 90 years ago. I highly enjoyed the book, would heartily recommend it, and look forward to additional publications from this author.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Diane Rapp on June 27, 2012
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I won't rehash the story line as other reviewers already did a creditable job. I will say that I enjoyed reading a "roaring twenties novel" that took place in California instead of New York. Having lived in L.A. and Santa Barbara, the descriptions of real places made the story come alive for me. I once took the ferry to Catalina and toured the building that hopped to big band music and illegal hooch in the twenties.

The author provided me with a copy of this book for the purpose of a review, and I admit that I sighed when I started reading. I thought the story might dwell on gangsters, blood, guts and endless shootouts, but I was delightfully surprised by Hud, the bootlegger hero, and his motley assortment of friends. The author's "side trips" into the film industry and the business of bootlegging made the book more interesting. My husband grew up in a house in Pasadena that served as a speakeasy (with bullet holes in the walls). This book explains how bootleggers smuggled liquor ashore and how many palms they greased to sell their product.

Hud's dream involved producing a "talking film," so this story was not just another remake of "The Sting." Stone's narrative got a little too involved with the history of talking pictures for my taste, but the "talking picture" con that got his friend murdered amplified Hud's motives for finding the bad guys. All the characters were expertly developed, including the sleazy villains--who really had to die! I felt sorry for Hud and his girlfriend but the book was more believable due to their problems.

In the end this book reminded me more of "The Rocketeer" than "The Sting." Hud was clever and courageous but not really cut out to be a con man.
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