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Author: Ed Ifkovic Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Edna Ferber Mysteries Release Date: September 2009 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781455192779

Publisher Description

In 1955, grande dame authoress Edna Ferber is visiting LA for the filming of her epic novel, Giant. Edna is looking forward to meeting Rock Hudson, Liz Taylor, and especially the film’s gifted young breakout star, James Dean.

A charismatic rebel, Dean attracts attention, devotion, and trouble wherever he goes. Now he is being blackmailed by a young extra from the movie who accuses him of getting her pregnant. The studio fears that the negative publicity will jeopardize the film’s release. Then the actress is found murdered, and James Dean is the prime suspect.

Employing her honed character instincts and her sharp nose for subtext, Edna decides to investigate the murder, determined to clear Dean’s name. But as she uncovers the dark underside of glittering Hollywood, she fears that the truth may be worse than she could have imagined.

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  • “A promising debut…The main pleasure is looking beneath the surface of the movie business to see the stars as people, in particular the doomed Dean.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “This is Ifkovic’s first novel, but it reads like it was written by an old pro. The mystery is sharply plotted (with a very clever bit of misdirection), and the setting, 1955 Hollywood, is vividly realized (including cameos by Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor).”

    - Booklist
  • “Bernadette Dunne comes up with the perfect voice for the seventy-year-old and feisty Ferber, who’s telling the story, and then adjusts it for the younger characters. Among the cameo celebrities are Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Sal Mineo. The fact that those who are voiced aren’t recognizable as the stars we knew keeps the focus on Edna and her well-reasoned sleuthing.”

    - AudioFile

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I mean, this is not a great book, but it is fun if you liked Giant, and he made Edna Ferber into a sleuth! What a great idea. "

    - Eliza, 11/27/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Perhaps it is a requisite to be familiar with the film Giant, and James Dean in order to get the most out of this novel. As a random book I picked up, it was sufficiently well done, but a little melancholy and wordy at times. "

    - Melinda, 12/20/2011
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Generic Hollywood tidbits, not to be confused with reality. Ferber's character enjoyable. McCambridge's character too bland for such a strong personality. Dean? Who really knew? Other characters mere fluff to fill out the story. "

    - Joe, 11/2/2009
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Entertaining what was life like there in that time "

    - Karan, 10/8/2009

About the Author

Ed Ifkovic is the author of seven previous Edna Ferber mysteries, including Lone Star and Cold Morning. Under the pen name Andrew Lanh he publishes the Rick Van Lam mysteries, the latest of which is No Good to Cry. His short stories and essays have appeared in the Village Voice, America, Hartford Monthly, and Journal of Popular Culture.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway.