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The last time the United States looked on its own citizens with suspicion, the results were ruined dreams, shattered lives—and murder.

Today, people point fingers and shout, “Terrorist!” Not long ago, the accusation was “Communist!” Many who testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee said they did so out of desperation and fear. Those who refused to speak were fired or blacklisted. Others fled rather than betray friends or their belief in American liberty.

David Weber and Jana Vardian were Hollywood’s golden children; their fathers, successful screenwriters, mingled with stars and studio moguls. Then HUAC shattered their idyll, sending David and his parents into exile in Europe; Jana’s father testified and soon became a famous director.

Returning to Los Angeles as an adult to bury his father, David comes to the attention of FBI agent Brian McKenna, who is still eager for a big case. Jana Vardian watched her father torture himself after testifying, and David’s return painfully reminds her that she once believed in love and loyalty.

When people with ties to HUAC and to David’s father begin turning up dead, long-buried secrets are dragged into the open. McKenna quickly tags David as the prime suspect, but in a world where special effects can turn a man into a beast, Hollywood’s sheen of glamour cannot long mask its dark past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intense, vivid kaleidoscope of a serious novel masquerading as a whodunit.”

    John Weisman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of SEAL Force Alpha

  • “Despite routine crime solving, Ludwig does a good job depicting the various blatant, subtle, and horrific ways the blacklist affected not only the whole movie industry but our entire social fabric.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Talk about an epoch of dishonest politicians, unscrupulous media, and endemic contempt for the Bill of Rights! Jerry Ludwig serves up a solid pro’s view of the movie business during the deadliest years of the Cold War.”

    Michael Butler, co-screenwriter, Pale Rider

  • “Absolutely riveting. Passionate and principled and sometimes very funny…a cautionary tale about an America when our biggest enemies were secrecy and silence.”

    Patricia Bosworth, author of Anything Your Little Heart Desires

  • “Together, narrators Adam J. Rough, John Pruden, and Erin Yuen ensure that the production enhances Ludwig’s novel, without the multiple narrators ever feeling like a gimmick. Pruden’s tone seems ideally matched to the character of an aging FBI agent who is wearied by his years in Hollywood but is still ambitious. Rough and Yuen convincingly portray younger characters who are reunited in love—each tainted by betrayal.”


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About the Author

Jerry Ludwig is a multiple-Emmy Award–nominated writer for television. He has been nominated for the Golden Globe and the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for TV writing; he has also won the Writers Guild of America Award. Ludwig has written for Murder, She Wrote; MacGyver; Mission: Impossible; and Hawaii Five-O. Jerry Ludwig lives in Carmel, California.

About the Narrator

Adam J. Rough has been involved in the arts his whole life. Having spent years as a stage actor and a singer, he is excited to start a career in voice-over and audiobook narration. Making and facilitating art is a great passion of his, from managing tours for Random Acts, to working as a stagehand for the Toledo Symphony.