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“Shamus-winner Estleman's captivating second mystery to feature L.A. film detective Valentino. Readers will eagerly turn the pages.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review on Alone
“Frames melds Estleman’s love of movies with his gift for swift, satisfying storytelling.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Great cast, great subject, flawless delivery from a real pro.”
—Booklist starred review on Frames
“Frames is gripping entertainment. If you love movies, you'll love this mystery.”
—Lawrence Kasdan, Oscar Award-nominee
“Estleman has scripted yet another wacky comedic mystery. His snappy dialog, feisty characters, Hollywood lore, and gentle romance make this his funniest to date.”
—Library Journal on Frames
“Estleman has laid claim to a fresh new franchise and the turf is all his. My hat’s off to him.”
—Sue Grafton, New York Times #1 bestselling author on Frames
I got the book right before the weekend and just bulldozed right through it all weekend.
Enthusiasts of early Hollywood films and stars will enjoy this mystery series written by long-time author Loren Estleman.
And even if not-- it's a tantalizing mystery full of interesting lore, great humor, romance, and bittersweet nostalgia.
Loren D. Estleman has been known for hard-boiled detective stories for quite some time, but his stories and novels featuring the character Valentino, finder of lost films, have a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bruce E. Bennett
I was introduced to this character in the volume of short stories which I enjoyed. I also enjoyed this book but think 3 stars is enough. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bonner '62
I have already read Loren Estleman's Sherlock Holmes fictionalized adventure novels and grabbed this one when it came out. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jaime Contreras
As a true Monster Kid, i.e. one who grew up watching classic monster movies on TV, with commercials and hosted by various ghouls, I felt right at home with this book! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Strangenstein
i keep giving estleman another try and he keeps disappointing. i don't know how anyone can make a mystery with one foot set in old hollywood and the other in present-day L.A. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anthony Dodge
Loren has done it again. Alive! is a fun mystery with great characters and got me interested in vintage horror movies again. Read morePublished 20 months ago by William Groneman III
Jason Valentino is back for "Alive!", his third novel, and he's still strapped for cash, and now he's forced to sell a rocking chair that both Bogart and Greenstreet sat in while... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark Louis Baumgart
The third Valentino (Film Detective) novel is a ton of fun. Here he is on the case of a former friend's murder, leading to a thought lost epic of film showing the star of Dracula... Read morePublished 21 months ago by H. Carter