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Death Is a Lonely Business Paperback – March 1, 1999
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The image of drowned circus cages in the trash-filled canals of Venice, California, both haunts and illuminates famed fantasy and science fiction author Ray Bradbury's rare venture into the mystery field. Like filmmaker Federico Fellini, Bradbury is fascinated by the seedy splendor of cheap carnivals and circuses--"a long time before, in the early Twenties, these cages had probably rolled by like bright summer storms with animals prowling them, lions opening their mouths to exhale hot meat breaths. Teams of white horses had dragged their pomp through Venice and across the fields."
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
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Dedicated to Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and Ross Macdonald, Bradbury's 1985 novel is a paean to the hard-boiled mystery. The plot follows a writer who joins ranks with a detective and an actress to get to the bottom of some strange doings. Bradbury is always worth reading.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I met him once, and he was as kind as one would imagine and took a lot of time talking to a young fan. I will always remember that, and though I have had the chance to meet many authors, few were as gracious and good as Ray Bradbury.
Folks, this is a good one. If you don't fall in love with Constance Rattigan, well, check your pulse...
Few writers have had the talent for language that Bradbury had. Each word was incredibly nuanced and chosen with great care. It's a shame that absolutely no care was taken to see that the words in this edition were the ones he chose.
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Great era and location tho.Read more