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Tell No Lie, We Watched Her Die Paperback – March 27, 2010
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Review by: Padraig O'Morain on Aug. 04, 2010 : Five Stars
Great fun. Intrigue, sex, murder and a sense of humour - what more could you ask for? --Smashwords.com
Review by: o o on Jul. 14, 2010 : Five Stars
good book, couldn't stop reading, enjoyed it very much --Smashwords.com
Review by: Angeliz Rivera on Jun. 30, 2010 : Five stars
Great book. Surprising ending!!! --Smashwords.com
About the Author
I worked as an Executive Editor at Entertainment Weekly for 11 years and (in two separate stints) at People magazine and people.com for 12 years. I often speak to young journalists and try to use myself as an example for inspiration-a guy who spent time in jail, rehab and a psych ward and somehow went on to become a successful editor at Time Inc. and managed to keep himself sane and alive. I've tried to reflect those experiences in this book. My wife, Laurie, and I live in Garden City, N.Y.
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Vivid exploitation of the entertainment industry has grown exponentially over the years. Such nasty deeds as murder, suicide, rape and embezzlement have become inconsequential bleeps on the news scene, replaced effortlessly by the next horrific human act. Only to those few intimately involved are such appalling deeds important; to the mass media these tragedies are merely a lovely way to pass the time.
The McGuffin here is a disc with the last few moments of a movie star's life. The beginning of the action---oral sex on a man who's face is never seen---has been released. The man is only recognizable by a birthmark; everything else seen suggests run-of-the-mill proportions. Does the end of the action include her murder? Her suicide? Sanders sets the disc up just like the bird in Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon."
The hero is a writer for an exploitive organization that wants the disc and will pay anything for it. Set in Los Angeles, the most noirish city in the world, he travels to a variety of locals in search of the disc. En route, he meets a gallery of characters---eccentric, illegal, weird, immoral, obnoxious, the list goes on and on---but the talent here is the absolute credibility of each one. None of them are present merely for the affect of strangeness, all are absolutely essential for the plot. Sanders obviously knows Los Angeles and the entertainment cesspool that inhabits the City of Angels.
This is a dense, vastly entertaining book. If the characters are real, the story is remarkable and the presentation authentic, what more can a reader want? Your assignment is to buy this book.