Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood

eBook - 2014
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Draws on primary sources--including witness testimonies, coroner's inquest files, FBI records, court transcripts, and contemporary newspapers--to examine the mystery behind the 1922 murder of William Desmond Taylor, the president of the Motion Picture Directors Association.
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins,, 2014
ISBN: 9780062242228
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ss1989 Jun 03, 2015

Spoiler Alert!: The killer is never ''found'' or confirmed, rather. A little more than half way in and realizing that I questioned whether or not I actually wanted to finish the book, what with all of the build up of the murder and all. Plus there are a few other secrets hinted at and teased to the reader that are never revealed. Despite that ( and some other boring - to my taste -general business jargon of the silent film era) the book was 1 of the fastest reads ever and I ate it up quick as I could.

Apr 18, 2015

The author looks at the origins of Hollywood through the lens of the murder of William Desmond Taylor. This book is very detailed about the cast of characters as well as the people and conflicts of the early 1920's. Worth reading but is probably 70 pages too long.

Mar 25, 2015

Chronical-true life mystery is as snappy and streamlined as a Dashiell Hammett whodunit

ChristchurchLib Jan 12, 2015

In 1922, Hollywood was shocked by the murder of William Desmond Taylor, president of the Motion Pictures Directors Association -- a crime that is still unsolved to this day. Tinseltown (a "stellar and gripping true-crime narrative," says Publishers Weekly) offers not only an entirely plausible solution to the murder but places it within the context of the birth of the motion picture industry and the challenges in faced in the 1920s. Readers who enjoy star-studded true crime won't want to miss this satisfying tale. Popular Culture January 2015 newsletter.

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