Dad dot info
DAD.info form. Ask questions, get answers
DAD.info | Lifestyle | Play | Books | Books for You | REVIEW: Tinseltown by William J. Mann

REVIEW: Tinseltown by William J. Mann

Murder in Hollywood.

 

1920, California, a state slowly but surely losing itself in the new industry of moviemaking. One morning, the dead body of William Desmond Taylor, the president of the Motion Picture Directors Association is found by his flamboyant valet. Who killed him?

William J. Mann’s book is the sort of thing that makes a writer wince. The sheer work he’s put in, ploughing through FBI files, interviews and police statements in order to bring this piece of true crime to the page is simply staggering. It reads like a novel, evocative, atmospheric and exciting and yet — as he is quick to point out in his introduction — the book features no literary leaps of assumption. Every word, attitude and scene is grounded in factual research, if he says one of his large list of characters sighs with exasperation then he damn well has the witness statement to prove it. One can only assume he began work on the thing shortly after birth.

It’s a book — indeed an era — to utterly lose oneself in. Fascinating, engaging and suspenseful.

Harper Collins, out now.

Related entries

WIN KEVIN KEEGAN’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY – MY LIFE IN FOOTBALL

WIN KEVIN KEEGAN’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY – MY LIFE IN FOOTBALL

Win a copy of Kevin Keegan’s autobiography!   To celebrate the paperback release of Kevin Keegan’s new autobiography, My Life In Football we have partnered with Pan Macmillan to give one lucky winner the chance to win a copy! To enter come over to us on Facebook...

WIN KEVIN KEEGAN’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY – MY LIFE IN FOOTBALL

NEW BOOKS OUT FOR THIS CHRISTMAS

Haynes Publishing have some nice new pocket books out this Christmas, they’re perfect for anyone looking for “stocking fillers”. The books are a short, entertaining guide to all the most important things in life. Bluffer's Guide To Rugby – Steven Gauge, £5.00...

Latest entries

The Top 10 Hidden Gem Days Out for Half Term

The Top 10 Hidden Gem Days Out for Half Term

Looking for something different to do this half term? Legal and General have found the top 10 UK days out that are less well-known, with excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. Log Heights, Outdoor Adventure, Harrogate Based in the grounds of Ripley Castle, Log Heights is a...

Can I watch Squid Game with my kids?

Can I watch Squid Game with my kids?

The news is buzzing with stories of children reenacting scenes from the hit Netflix show Squid Game. Kids as young as 6 have seen enough of the violent series to be 'playing' it on the playground, and there are reports of children being hurt. The story of the series,...

Pin It on Pinterest