Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
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The Day of the Locust meets The Devil in the
White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and
Evil in this juicy, untold Hollywood story: an
addictive true tale of ambition, scandal, intrigue, murder,
and the creation of the modern film industry.
the movies had suddenly become America’s new favorite
pastime, and one of the nation’s largest industries. Never
before had a medium possessed such power to influence. Yet
Hollywood’s glittering ascendency was threatened by a string
of headline-grabbing tragedies—including the murder of
William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion
Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has
remained unsolved until now.
In a fiendishly involving
narrative, bestselling Hollywood chronicler William J. Mann
draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released
FBI files, to unpack the story of the enigmatic Taylor and
the diverse cast that surrounded him—including three
beautiful, ambitious actresses; a grasping stage mother; a
devoted valet; and a gang of two-bit thugs, any of whom
might have fired the fatal bullet. And overseeing this
entire landscape of intrigue was Adolph Zukor, the brilliant
and ruthless founder of Paramount, locked in a struggle for
control of the industry and desperate to conceal the truth
about the crime. Along the way, Mann brings to life Los
Angeles in the Roaring Twenties: a sparkling yet
schizophrenic town filled with party girls, drug dealers,
religious zealots, newly-minted legends and starlets already
past their prime—a dangerous place where the powerful could
still run afoul of the desperate.
A true story
recreated with the suspense of a novel, Tinseltown
is the work of a storyteller at the peak of his powers—and
the solution to a crime that has stumped detectives and
historians for nearly a century.
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