William Powell and Myrna Loy bring their film roles as Nick and Nora Charles to life as they investigate a blackmailing Hollywood madam with a customer who will do anything, even murder, to keep his identity a secret. By the author of The Betty Davis Murder Case.
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In this eleventh entry in Baxt's movie-themed murder series, William Powell and Myrna Loy slide easily from their onscreen romps as Nick and Nora Charles to "real life" detection. Claire Young, Hollywood's madam to the stars, has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. To collect a sizable nest egg for her young son, she leaks to the gossip columnists that she's kept a list of her notable clients and that she may have to write her memoirs to earn some money. Claire's risky game of not-so-subtle blackmail leads directly to the murder of her two closest friends. Nick and Nora (excuse me, Bill and Myrna) invite themselves into the case on the strength of their celluloid crime-fighting experience and Myrna's impeccable intuition. Baxt's caricature of the notoriously histrionic Louis B. Mayer will amuse all movie buffs, and his acid-tipped takes on Gable and Chaplin will have their ghosts looking for libel lawyers. This is an utterly unbelievable but thoroughly entertaining romp through a Hollywood that never really existed, except perhaps in its own mind. George NeedhamFrom Library Journal:
Baxt adds to his popular celebrity series as Powell and Loy, shortly after the success of The Thin Man, investigate the murders of a Hollywood madam's secretary and assistant. The madam has threatened to publish the secrets of her "appointment" book. A likely choice.
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