- File Size: 870 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publication Date: September 15, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00433TYKW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Pigtailed Heart Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little less cuteness and more mystery might help but still a decent read in the evening.Published 13 months ago by Theolinda Foster
It's not a bad book. The writing is nice. It is an easy read. It's entertaining. That said it has no merit beyond passing time. Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by John Beyerlein
Ruth Francisco's intimate introduction is sexy and seductive, fodder for the imaginations, sensual but not pornographic, oozing with potential for later drama. Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by Frank Lockwood
Using language as if she owns it Ruth Francisco has created a modern noir of superb craft.
The writing is powerful, greasy, and thoroughly entertaining. Read more