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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (93 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:
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Enter Valentino, a mild-mannered UCLA film archivist, buys a decrepit movie palace and uncovers a skeleton in the secret Prohibition basement. He then makes a second discovery: long-lost, priceless, reels of film: Erich von Stroheim’s infamous Greed. The Los Angeles Police Department wants to take the reels as evidence, jeopardizing the precious old film. If Valentino wants to save his find, he has only one choice: solve the murder within seventy-two hours, with the help of his mentor, the noted film scholar Broadhead, and Fanta, a feisty if slightly flaky young law student. Between a budding romance with a beautiful forensics investigator and visions of Von Stroheim’s ghost, Valentino’s madcap race to save the flick is as fast and frenetic as a classic screwball comedy.

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  • “Prolific four-time Shamus Award winner Estleman has scripted yet another wacky comedic mystery that begs to become a feature film. His snappy dialog, feisty characters, Hollywood lore, and gentle romance make this his funniest to date.”

    Library Journal

  • “As Valentino and his buddies careen about Los Angeles, visiting a home for retired movie workers and researching the provenance of the movie palace, Estleman smoothly seeds the text with all manner of fascinating details relating to the history of silent films and the techniques of modern film restoration. There’s even time for a nifty romance between Valentino and an LAPD forensics investigator. Great cast, great subject, flawless delivery from a real pro.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “While the lighthearted tone is far removed from the gritty realism of the author’s Amos Walker series the versatile Estleman has crafted yet another intelligent page-turner.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Probibliophile | 12/23/2013

    " Although I haven't liked every Loren Estleman I've read I loved this one. Film archivist becomes detective with aid of love interest! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia | 12/17/2013

    " Great fun, lots of wit, and a fascinating history of silent films. This is a very quick read, and extremely enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donna Agnelly | 10/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this book but not as much as I thought I would. I guess I like his noir styled books better. This was a light read - good for the summer. I'd probably read another in this particular series if only to see how he develops the Valentino character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Martha | 3/14/2012

    " Loved it--some of the best dialog I've read in a while. The main character is a film historian, and the book is certainly well researched--not often do you get a mystery with an extensive list of references at the end. What's not to love? "

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