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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
This was a great story, and if you love Bradbury as I do, I think you will love this. It is his hard-boiled detective story like Dashiell Hammett, and it ,to me , has vintage... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Cincinnati Kid
Well written and a fun read. Interesting extension of Bradbury's earlier works.Published 1 month ago by dan jones
With this book, Ray Bradbury not only returned to writing full-length fiction after a long absence, but returned to the roots of his writing after an even longer absence. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ralph E. Vaughan
This is that greatest of rarities, a true novel by Ray Bradbury. The only other novels he really wrote were Something Wicked, F451, and the two sequels to this, A Graveyard for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Manly Reading
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 15 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 17 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 17 months ago by L. Dusterwald