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But now it's the early 1950s, and foggy, shabby Venice is the last stop on the circus train for scores of old silent-movie stars and young writers trying to keep their art and their bodies alive. As Bradbury's autobiographical hero, a young writer, pounds out his short stories, someone is killing off the older denizens of the tacky city. The writer joins forces with a quirky detective called Elmo Crumley and a faded screen star to investigates the deaths. Their search begins and ends in one of those iconic, waterlogged cages.
Blending hard-boiled detective fiction with beautiful descriptions of this strange Californian town, Death Is a Lonely Business is well worth investigating. --Dick Adler
In my mind, this is Bradburys best novel.
The reason I chose to give this novel a mediocre rating is its procrastinated plot development, making the story very boring at times.
As anyone who has read the author knows, he has a unique and very distinctive style -- poetic, atmospheric, and highly literary.
Bradbury struck a perfect blend of surreal and fantasy with more than just a bit of hard-boiled noir in this, the first of his Crumley Mysteries.
The story is unique. Read more
Ray Bradbury recreates a lost American treasure while spinning a good mystery yarn. Makes you wish for a working time machine.Published 7 months ago by Befuddled
As others stated, its verrry wordy. Lots of descriptives, which confuse rather than enhance. Slow plot.
Great era and location tho. Wish i could go back in time to old venice. Read more
Unusual Bradbury book. I hadn't heard of it before, was browsing Amazon for books. Written in the first person, sounds like parts are based on some of his early experiences as a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Leonore Proctor
Ray Bradbury takes a 90 degree turn from his usual plotlines to give us this intruiging murder myster. Read morePublished 10 months ago by L. Dusterwald
This is Bradbury's foray into the world of noir. And, typical to form, he stands it on it's ear. This novel has all the lyrical quality that Bradbury is known for. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eric B. Burres
Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors, and this is a wonderful book. I am giving the Kindle edition two stars only because of the scan errors. Read morePublished 14 months ago by John R. Logue
Not really sure what I expected but the writing was kind of odd. I would get lost and then somehow I would come back into it and get drawn in by the story again. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nana
The prose in this book made me feel claustrophobic. In other words, I couldn't wait to escape. So, I can't recommend it.Published 15 months ago by N. Andreassen