The year 1942 is a bad time to stage Madame Butterfly. Although Puccini’s masterpiece is a
perennial favorite of the San Francisco opera crowd, its sympathetic depiction
of a Japanese girl causes tension in the dark months following Pearl Harbor.
Newspaper editorialists rage against the production, opera buffs picket the
theater, and a note appears nailed to the house door, threatening violence
against the cast and crew. When the first workman dies, the maestro calls Toby
Peters, a Los Angeles detective who works discreetly for Hollywood’s rich and
Two days remain before the opening night, and the body count
continues to rise. As he hunts for this self-styled phantom of the opera, Toby
falls for one of the company starlets. They must tread lightly, or risk a death
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