The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock's Shower 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0425232316
ISBN-10: 042523231X
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Graysmith (Zodiac) mixes film history, true crime, and autobiography with disappointing results in this scattered exploration of the woman behind one of cinema's most memorable scenes. Though his goal is ostensibly to track down Marli Renfro—Janet Leigh's body double in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho—who some believed was raped and murdered in the 1980s, Graysmith takes too long getting there. Detailing the intricate Psycho shoot, which was painstakingly designed by Hitchcock in order to both shock the audience and pass the rigorous censor test, Graysmith introduces readers to Renfro, a gorgeous redhead who came to the film via modeling, some of it nude. Interspersed with Renfro's experiences as an actress, Playboy model, and dancer is an account of the life and crimes of Henry Sonny Busch Jr., a Norman Bates–look-alike in L.A. who strangled three women and had a penchant for Psycho. Graysmith, comparing his own growing obsession with Renfro to the plot of the 1944 film Laura (where the detective also falls for a dead woman after seeing her photograph), is determined to discover what really happened to her. As sloppy as Hitchcock's shower scene was precise, Graysmith's jumbled account never finds its footing, despite the fascinating subject matter. (Feb.)
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Robert Graysmith is the New York Times bestselling author of several true crime novels including Zodiac, Zodiac Unmasked, Auto Focus, and Amerithrax. The major motion pictures Zodiac and Auto Focus are based on his books. A San Francisco Chronicle political cartoonist and artist for fifteen years, he lives in San Francisco.

Product details

  • File Size: 829 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (December 23, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030CVRN4
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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