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The Pigtailed Heart by [Francisco, Ruth]
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  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00433TYKW
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By K. C. Fenton on September 17, 2010
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I just love this to bits. The glamor, the sleaze, even the characters - the ones who leave before their time, just as the brightest stars often did, will live in the memory of readers because Ruth Francisco paints them so vividly with a few words, a well-turned phrase.

The author's sentences are a work of art, even where we are learning something of a neighborhood such as the sewage problems in Venice of those times. The author gives such information in a colorful fashion, flowing into how these problems affect her characters.

From the opening, it's visual, terrifying and red-raw, with an *actress* called Melody Jean, living thru a Hollywood starlet's nightmare.

Meeting George Dazey and Doris after witnessing Melody Jean's fall from grace, is smooth as churned butter - and possibly a red herring. People living those charmed lives are never what they seem on the surface. And Doris truly is one of those ethereal creatures that shone over old Hollywood. Even her dangerous foray into the night, the atmosphere of the Pier and the casino ship, all shine as brightly as she does. What she then witnesses is terrifying, but perhaps it's her ethereal light that will do her down.

We have an earthy girl in Hazel, and her scenes around Venice, whose poor she tries to help, give us her character, contrasting that of Doris. And the scenes with Doris's parents are touching, leading to the crux of the matter.

This is all so well done, so well-researched and well-written and alive with all the glitter of old Los Angeles. Ruth Francisco's work puts me in mind of the much-missed Dominick Dunne - and now we have this, and Ruth's future works to look forward to: a rising star to match those on Hollywood Boulevard.
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Complex and interesting. Nice 1930-40's era murder mystery tale. Lots of characters to remember and keep track of. A few typos here and there. And this; In one chapter, Jack destroys his pickup truck my going off a cliff. The next chapter he's driving it again. And Jack gets beaten nearly to death and shot - but quickly recovers as if nothing happened. Otherwise an OK story that kept me reading.
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At first I couldn't get into the book but as the story reached around 50% the reading got a lot easier and suspenseful. Where in the beginning I had to force myself to continue reading, towards the end I couldn't read fast enough to find out what the heck was actually going on.

There are quite a number of great moments in the book as well as a few giggles. The writer is actually very talented although the book does not have a nice flow, it does get better towards the end. It wasn't a page turner for me but I did enjoy it.
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Author Ruth Francisco delivers an intelligent, multilayered, and rapidly paced historical crime novel of 1930's Los Angeles in The Pigtailed Heart. Based on an actual criminal trial, this story swings from the courtroom, to seedy backroom gambling parlors populated by Hollywood socialites, to even more sordid political entanglements that reach far beyond the glitter and sunshine of southern California.

George Kendall Dazey is a well known doctor whose wife, the lovely yet troubled starlet Doris Dazey, dies under mysterious circumstances. The death is at first ruled a suicide, but later when Dazey remarries and seeks to claim full custody of his son from his powerful in-laws, a murder charge suddenly surfaces and Dazey's life becomes the object of unbearable scrutiny.

Former detective Jack Clayton is retrieved from a quiet life of manual labor on his family's orchards by renowned L.A. defense lawyer Jerry Geisler to investigate the charges. But what starts out to be a simple case of searching for evidence to uphold Dazey's innocence becomes something far more. Every clue leads to more questions and incriminations, as the scope of those involved becomes broader and ever more scandalous. Slowly, as Dazey's trial progresses, Jack begins to uncover a bully's playground of organized crime, political corruption, espionage and eugenics.

The Pigtailed Heart is a gripping crime thriller that will keep readers teetering on the edges of their seats and reluctant to put the book down until the very last word. Impressively detailed and impeccably researched, this story will not only hurl you back to the darker side of Hollywood's golden era, but leave your heart pounding and your palms sweaty.
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Great book! I love historical stories; I try and imagine living during that time. You paint an incredible story, gritty and real. Wonderful and highly recommended!

Denise
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By tentoes on September 18, 2010
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This is a true dime-store novel, a real Paperback page-turner, gritty and visceral, exposing the underbelly of Hollywood culture in 1940 SoCal.
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I found this novel in a Kindle discussion forum and I am so glad I did. I wasn't sure I would enjoy reading a novel set in the 1940's Hollywood area, but I loved this. The writing is excellent, the history of the Los Angeles area is facinating, the plot is well done and the characterization is excellent. From the Santa Monica Pier to Mulholland Drive, the author takes us all over the area she writes about and I could almost see everything as though she was taking me with her characters as they moved through the story. Nothing was left to chance, nothing left me wondering and the story moved along so smoothly...it was a real pleasure to read this story and I will certainly read more of her in the near future. What a wonderful surprise for only ninety-nine cents!!
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