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The Devil's Playground

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Witch Hippolyta Cormier and her daughter Anastasie live in the swamp, and the locals believe Hippolyta has a “devil’s fingerprint” birthmark on her left cheek. Absolutely stunning' M W Craven FROM CWA DAGGER AND DOUBLE McILVANNEY AWARD WINNER CRAIG RUSSELL COMES ANOTHER DARK, GRIPPING MASTERPIECE . The same descriptive skill comes to the fore when he introduces Kansas-born Boy Lindqvist in an 1897 storyline. Why, he thinks, would a woman of her age choose to live so far away from anything, with no neighbor or help for miles? One villain is a woman of color, described in the most despicable stereotypical language; the other is disfigured .

Paul Conway, a journalist and self-professed film aficionado, is on the trail of a tantalizing rumor. Meanwhile, Alex’s past as a small-time drug dealer is catching up with her, adding gritty street crime to the demonic white-collar evil the Yale crowd tends to prefer. The Devil's Playground" is an immense effort, staring the luminous Norma Carlton, who, Mary has just discovered, is dead.He is also known within the closer circles of Hollywood as an equally accomplished bedroom swordsman. Russell tosses in what may be red herrings, but nothing is what it seems to be amid the artifice of Hollywood. He knows his Hollywood history and he knows the film endured myriad tragedies and ended up lost to time. Moving from backwater bayous in Louisiana and empty plains of Kansas to the glittering, illusory, and soul sucking world of Hollywood this novel entertains, confounds, and bewitches. That’s a common theme and all helps construct a book that takes you on a journey into a doomed movie and an ill conceived quest.

Anything sensitive about the studio, any narcotics, anything sex-weird, anything linking her to one of our names. When someone tells you that Miss Carlton has died of heart failure—I’ll arrange for the news to be broken on-set tomorrow— make sure you look shocked. The picture will be completed, but it will be destroyed in a huge fire, and all copies will disappear except for the one that is rumored to exist, somewhere.The Devil's Playground conjures rich and riveting elements - 1920's Hollywood, a terrifying silent film, an elusive and inscrutable killer, and an eerie sequence set in the Louisiana bayou - all of which come together to create a masterful thriller. In addition, it accurately captures the more historical gothic rumors which titillated urban Americans of the era which were particularly commercialized in gothic silent movies in pre-Hays Code Hollywood. Plus, the fact that every chapter ends with some jeopardy or something unspoken spurs you on to read more. In Rourke he has a strong character who carries much of the narrative as she digs into the money, power, and corruption of 1920s Los Angeles, allowing Russell to play with some colorful Hollywood names and legends. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

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