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2.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 5 2.50 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Loren D. Estleman Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Valentino Mysteries Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781482979985
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At a gala party held in memory of screen legend Greta Garbo, Hollywood film detective Valentino is having fun until the host, a hotshot developer named Rankin, tells Valentino about a certain letter from Garbo to his late wife. She and Garbo had been … close. Such a letter is of great interest to a film archivist like Valentino, but the plot thickens when Rankin tells Val that his assistant, Akers, is using this letter to blackmail him. Val is appalled by the thought of blackmail, but that letter sounds juicier all the time. Returning to Rankin’s mansion after the party, Val finds Rankin sitting at his desk with a pistol in his hand, looking at Akers’ dead body on the floor. Valentino is in a quandary, to say the least.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shamus-winner Estleman’s captivating second mystery to feature LA film detective Valentino focuses on legendary screen actress Greta Garbo…Readers will eagerly turn the pages.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “You’ll want to share this delightful Hollywood romp with others…The story’s a lot of fun, and William Dufris gives the lighthearted performance you’d expect. He makes the listener chuckle at all the goings-on right along with him.”

    AudioFile

  • “Estleman again ladles on the film history but nicely blends it into the plot. And his supporting cast, including the eccentric Professor Broadbent, supplies delicious comic relief. For anyone with an interest in Hollywood’s golden age, this series is a delight.”

    Booklist

  • “Second in a series that marks a pleasant departure for the estimable Estleman, who’s spent most of his sixty-plus novels on the dark side.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Irene | 4/18/2011

    " audio -- Leave it alone "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasula | 2/20/2011

    " Second in series of "film detective"- man who preserves old classic films and comes across murderers. Good characters, good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 8/7/2010

    " Good; Continuing character: Valentino; film preservationist gets involved n a killing related to letter purported to be written by Greta Garbo
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 4/12/2010

    " A clever writer but I wish he'd stick to noir. This film archivist is a little cutesy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 4/11/2010

    " Not a big fan of the Valentino series. Too slow for my taste. Prefer the Amos Walker series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 3/6/2010

    " Another beautifully written story, but enjoyed the first more "

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About the Author
Author Loren D. Estleman

Loren D. Estleman is a former Detroit-area newspaperman and an award-winning author of mainstream fiction, Westerns, criticism, and mysteries. He has written more than sixty books and hundreds of short stories and articles and has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. His detective fiction has earned four Shamus Awards, a Barry Award, and two American Mystery Awards. His Western fiction has earned the Elmer Kelton Award, five Spur Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, two Stirrup Awards, and a Popular Fiction Magazine Outstanding Writer Award. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Western Writers of America, the Private Eye Writers of America, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Arts Alliance of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.