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“[Paul] exhibits astringent wit, style, and shrewd observation.” —Bookworld on Good King Sauerkraut
“Sparkling . . . [Paul] has mastered the art of writing comedy-mysteries.” —Boston Herald on But He Was Already Dead When I Got There
About the Author
- ASIN : B01B2CJFFU
- Publisher : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (March 15, 2016)
- Publication date : March 15, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1817 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 251 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1786690403
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #904,957 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Surrounding Farrar are stars who were a major part of her life during the Mets "golden age." The author has created wonderful fictional sketches of Caruso, Pucinni, Emmy Destinn, Pasquale Amato, Toscanini, and actor David Belasco. Even Farrar's young female fans, the famous "gerryflappers," are given a part to play. The short Epilogue tells you what happened to these personalities in the following years.
A more serious leitmotif is the constant references to the looming European war. Most of the singers are from lands increasingly drawn into the conflict. Memories of good times there are recalled amid the growing realization that that the war might last, that America may be drawn into it, and that the inevitable war relief tours will become standard fare. These tense moments are lighten by descriptions of the singers hangouts, the Met and Belasco theaters, Mulberry Street on the Italian immigrant Lower East Side, and, above all, the numerous backstage dramas.
Phillippe Duchon is an annoying, egotistical personality and everyone at the Met has just about had all they can take of him. Suddenly someone replaces his throat spray with ammonia. His vocal chords and his life are finished.
"Rico" Caruso is hard on the trail of the killer but Police Lt. O'Halloran of the NYPD threatens to lock him up if he doesn't quit meddling. Geraldine Ferrar takes over for Rico and the fearless and gorgeous diva throws caution to the wind to find the killer.
This is lightweight entertainment, sheer delight with every turn of the page. Prepare to laugh out loud -- you'll dread finishing it.