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A Modern Hollywood Whodunnit: you find yourself wondering how closely some of these folks might be modelled on current A-list stars. Yet she tempers this analysis with warmth and fondness for those who view filmmaking as a craft...
She's sprinkled lots of classic Hollywood references that are like chocolate treats to old movie bloggers. Not only that, her descriptions of L.A. had us doing some online scrounging for airfare deals. The best part of all? Lester has planted an ending you will not expect. Surprise is 100% guaranteed.
Vickie Lester (lets assume that's a pen name, but hopefully acquired in a less brusque manner than Janet Gaynor's Esther Blodgett did in the classic 1937 A Star Is Born) has a way with words. That much is clear from page one...
...a yummy kind of So-Cal/Hollywood/Dishy Neo-Noir...
Her book reads like "The Jet Set" episode of Mad Men, when Don finds himself immersed in the desert, in a world of modern glass, pools and morals, peopled by lovely, languid denizens whose talents lie in false conversation and relationships. Yes, the book is about Hollywood.
About the Author
- Publisher : Beguiling Books; 1st edition (May 8, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 292 pages
- ISBN-10 : 069220721X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0692207215
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.66 x 8 inches
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In her first novel Vickie Lester spins an L.A. Noir with more curves than Lana Turner ever had. Packed with more danger than Mulholland Drive in a blinding rainstorm, “It’s In His Kiss” is a killer of a read that peels way the glamour and myth and reveals Hollywood’s dirty little sins.
Fast paced, well written and jam packed with a cast of unforgettable Hollywood characters that are so real you can almost guess who they just might be in real life. It is a case of murder and deception that transforms the reel into real.
I took my time reading this one because it was simply so delicious. I loved the spunk and courage in the main character Anne Brown, who was born into this world of make believe and finds that love, sex and lies make a dangerous cocktail, a cocktail too many including her father and uncle know too well. Her journey to solve a very personal murder is a story of self discovery as well as a who done it. That added an unexpected layer of complexity to the story that I very much enjoyed.
Each chapter is named with a song title that ties in delightfully with the tale. That was a real treat. Great characterizations replete with juicy back stories help to propel Anne and us thought the mystery. The ending of “It’s In His Kiss” is brilliant and so surprising. Let’s just say, all my dreams came true in the end. Enough said about that. Just read it.
I am looking forward to more from Vickie Lester, a new voice from the dream factory that is Hollywood. But in the meantime I can get my Hollywood history fix from her great blog Beguiling Hollywood at WordPress.
Here’s looking at you Kid!
I was hooked very early on–in part because of the compelling story and in part because after a whirlwind romance (hook-up? you decide–I don’t want to give anything away) the reader is slammed with a shock. Lester keeps shaking the reader up as one Hollywood secret after another is divulged. She’s a master at creating believable southern California characters (main character Anne’s father Bob stepped off the page and into my kitchen), but even better at her precise and breathtaking descriptions of the city. She knows the roads, the landmarks, and how it all fits (and doesn’t fit) together better than anybody I’ve read in a long time.
Lester’s witty approach fits the subject and the culture well. I appreciated the occasional nod to pop culture. For instance, she calls a scary pseudo-religion “Clientology.” These touches give the book the feeling of a roman à clef which heightens the illusion of reality. And when it came time to reveal the mystery, I was shocked, but thrilled to discover a satisfying conclusion.
I haven't enjoyed a novel this much in a long time.