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Stardust by Joseph Kanon.. “The Good German” author gives us a noir about a 1945 Hollywood murder on the eve of the black-list era. Historical accuracy down to the shade of lipstick on the rim of the whisky glass. A cross-country train ride kind of read.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Stardust could very easily have fallen victim to the cliches that plague lesser noir fiction (picture busty dames, gruff detectives, and smoky bars). Fortunately, critics thoroughly enjoyed Kanon's expert recreation of midcentury Los Angeles and were particularly entertained by the cameo appearances made by Hollywood notables. Although the Washington Post noted a "lack of dimension" surrounding protagonist Ben Collier, other critics praised the complexity of Kanon's secondary characters. Overall, reviewers hailed Stardust as a terrific read as well as an intelligent and engaging historical mystery.."

Bookmarks Magazine

"In "Stardust," Joseph Kanon does a noir take on a noir time and place: Hollywood in the late '40s. There's an image-within-an-image effect here that evokes the hall-of-mirrors shootout in "The Lady From Shanghai." The threat of TV, of anti-communist witch hunts and of legislation that will divorce the studios from their coffer-filling theaters have Tinseltown on edge. So frightened, treacherous people make films about frightened, treacherous people. It's delectable stuff, and Kanon, best-known for his novel "The Good German," renders it in sharp prose that's punched up by lines worthy of Bogart or Mitchum.."

The Washington Post

Author bio: Joseph Kanon was  born in Pennsylvania and was educated at Harvard and Trinity College, Cambridge (U.K.). Executive positions followed: President and CEO of E.P. Dutton and Snr. Vice-President and Head of Trade and Reference Publishing at Houghton Mifflin. In 1995, on a visit to the Southwest, he visited Los Alamos and conceived the ideal for a novel about the Manhattan Project. Los Alamos, published in 1997 was a best-seller, translated into 20 languages, and won the Edgar Award for best first novel. In 2005, The Good German was made into a film with George Clooney and Cate Blanchett, directed by Steven Soderbergh. That same year Kanon won the Hammett Award of the International Association of Crime Writers for Alibi and in 2007 was given The Anne Frank Human Writes Award by The Anne Frank Foundation for his writings on the aftermath of the Holocaust. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Thriller; 512 pp. Thriller smarts: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions

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