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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456347829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456347826
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,602,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A product of the 60s, James Huskins launched a writing career midlife after a long psychedelic trip in the corporate world as a graphic artist. SILENT SCREAM - A Groovy Mystery Caper is his debut novel. James lives in a cool pad in Hotlanta with his cat Mojo, and writes lying on a beanbag by lava lamp. All the latest escapades and book news are at http://jameshuskins.com

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A product of the 60s, James Huskins launched a writing career midlife after a long psychedelic trip in the corporate world as a graphic artist. Silent Scream - A Groovy Mystery Caper is his debut novel.

James lives in a cool pad in Hotlanta with his cat Mojo, and writes lying on a beanbag by lava lamp.

All the latest escapades and book news are at http://jameshuskins.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor J. Banis VINE VOICE on April 24, 2011
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One time silent screen star Nora Bates is about to publish her memoirs, and someone doesn't like the idea. First, there's the poison pen letter, warning her not to. And she believes someone is trying to murder her, or is she imagining it? Two people are drugged, and when Nora, who can't swim, falls into a swimming pool, she insists someone pushed her. Her publisher, Joseph Fitzroy, hires chauffeur Yancy Dunkle to drive her to the book's launching in Palm Springs and, while he's at it, keep her out of mischief's way. But Yancy has his own mystery--an amnesia victim, he doesn't know who he is.

This is a froth of a book, no more substantial than a glass of cold champagne, and nearly as intoxicating. It will especially appeal to movie fans of a certain age (the book is set in Los Angeles and Palm Springs circa 1960), especially those predisposed toward a little Hollywood gossip (with a few names changed to protect the not-so-innocent). The plot is convoluted but sorts itself out in due time, the cast of characters is large, including cameo appearances by lots of real movie stars of the time, a gaggle of drag queens, a midget and lots more.

A perfect book to read on the beach or on a long flight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.J. Dennis on January 9, 2012
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It's 1960 and old Hollywood is suddenly fresh again, thanks to Nora Bates. The aging, reclusive former starlet of Colossal Studios has published her tell-all memoir of old Hollywood stars and starlets. It's about to launch, but someone doesn't want it get released.

Enter Yancy Dunkle, the narrator and amateur sleuth of "Silent Scream." He's also the driver of the publisher of Nora's book. Yancy has been given the task to drive Nora and her her friends to Palm Springs for a week, where there'll plenty of time for photo-ops, cocktails, catching up, and murder before the unveiling of Nora's book. After a poison-pen letter, Nora is certain someone is out to kill her. As more strange things start to happen, she's even more convinced.

Everyone from old Hollywood has secrets and Yancy does, too. While snooping around to find evidence of why someone close to Nora was murdered, Yancy inadvertently becomes the prime suspect. He's only got less than a week to clear his name, find the real killer, and hope that his own past doesn't get discovered. Can this driver turned detective do it in time, before the week is up and the real murderer gets away?

This is a romp of a good time! I stayed up all night reading this once I started. While it could use a bit more editing (a few misspelled words, excess words and exclamation points, and cliches) it in NO way distracts from the great story that James Huskins has written. The characters are rich and alive, each with their own distinct personality. The setting of the story, Palm Springs, is beautiful and James captures it perfectly, making you think you're actually there. Who can resist a book where Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and drag queens show up? 5 stars - all the way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd Latoski on December 13, 2011
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Quite honestly, I bought this book on a lark. I was looking at other mystery series I collect, and this was a suggested read, so I read the description, liked the plot, and figured I'd give it a try.

Boy, am I glad I did!

This was a fantastic read - once I started, I couldn't put it down - literally! I got caught up with trying to figure out who did it, and with all the suspects, that was certainly no small feat. Yet, Huskins manages to keep the interest with unique, fun, over-the-top sometimes characters (really - Nora Bates, c'mon! I loved it!), a nice subplot with the main character's missing past, and a great reveal at the end (with a twist that I readily admit I did not see coming!).

It was also great to read a period piece - all the 60s references made me smile repeatedly!

It was great fun, which is really missing from a lot of my reads this day, so it was nice to actually smile as I read. I am anxiously looking forward to Huskins' next book, and I would strongly urge anyone who likes a good mystery to check this one out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna Carrick on September 12, 2011
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Huskins brings us a different kind of hero in Yancy Dunkle. With a cast of characters that are sure to entertain, this first book in the "Groovy" series begs for a sequel! Expect to have fun, and then some!
Donna Carrick
author of The First Excellence ~ Fa-ling's Map
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angelina Capozello on August 27, 2011
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This was a lot of fun - the written equivalent of a good popcorn movie :) Great characterization of the eccentric, aging starlets out in hollywood, and you can't help but like the chauffer, who is having as much fun getting to play detective as he does driving the rolls royce. It's a great period peice, and I'm looking forward to seeing another book with Yancy as the 'star'.
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