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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Kanon Narrator: Boyd Gaine Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The acclaimed, bestselling author of The Good German and Los Alamos returns with his most absorbing and accomplished novel yet—a mesmerizing tale of Hollywood, postwar political intrigue, and one man’s determination to learn the truth about his brother’s death.

Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from war-torn Europe to find his brother has died under mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful movie career, and a heroic past kill himself?

Ben enters the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business, where politics and the dream factories collide, and Communist witch hunts are rendering the biggest star makers vulnerable. Even here, where the devastation of Europe seems no more real than a painted movie set, the war casts long and dangerous shadows. When Ben learns troubling facts about his own family’s past and embarks on a love affair that never should have happened, he is caught in a web of deception that shakes his moral foundation to its core.

Rich with atmosphere and period detail, Stardust flawlessly blends fact and fiction into a haunting thriller evoking both the glory days of the movies and the emergence of a dark strain of American political life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spectacular in every way...wonderfully imagined, wonderfully written, an urgent personal mystery set against the sweep of glamorous and sinister history. Joseph Kanon owns this corner of the literary landscape.”

    Lee Child

  • Stardust is sensational! No one writes period fiction with the same style and suspense—not to mention substance—as Joseph Kanon. A terrific read.”

    Scott Turow

  • Stardust is the perfect combination of intrigue and accurate history brought to life.”

    Alan Furst

  • “This may sound like a basic thriller formula, but Kanon operates with an intelligence that briskly evokes the atmosphere of a vanished era… Kanon, a romantic at heart, makes the case that in the end honest labor, not malicious conniving, creates the magic of the movies.”

    New York Times

  • “Delectable stuff.”

    Washington Post

  • “James Ellroy fans will find a lot to like in this gritty look at post-WWII Hollywood...Kanon perfectly balances action and introspection.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Atmospheric [and] character-driven...Time and place are...vividly evoked, and the writing is...strong.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A terrific read...an intelligent and engaging historical mystery.”

    Bookmarks magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Vicki | 2/18/2014

    " I really liked his book, The Good German, so was looking forward to this one. I just could never get into it. I finished, but really never felt connected to any of the characters or the plot line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Judy | 1/15/2014

    " Kanon is a wonderful writer (Los AlamosThe Good German). He takes a large subject -- here, Hollywood, 1945 -- breaks it into fine points and makes you an insider. Of course, there's a murder and a mystery, but I love the sense of place and time, and how alive the characters are. A great style book for writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elli | 1/7/2014

    " The espionage is domestic although it involves emigrants, underhanded, could remind one of the McCarthy era. The characters are all involved in the movie industry, and many of them were world war 2 refugees. It was for me, the usual Joseph Kanon; about 750 pages and I had trouble putting it down. Starts with the hero looking into the supposed suicide of his brother, but the twists and turns are many. Characters are real and some of them are wonderful. All are very human. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 1/3/2014

    " Another very good book. The plot gets very involved and a bit confusing at times, but for the most part a very thought-provoking book. Even with the liberties that were taken, it is eye-opening to think about what happened during that period in history. He's a terrific author! "

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