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Brian Nishii brings a sense of dramatic urgency to bestselling author Howard Fast’s 1967 mystery novel, The Case of the Angry Actress.

Fast’s novel stars Masao Masuto, a second-generation Japanese-American detective, who also happens to be Buddhist. In this case, Matsuo needs to untangle the secrets that lie behind the mysterious death of a Hollywood studio executive. Fast, the screenwriter for the Oscar-winning 1960 film Spartacus, writes about Hollywood from an insider’s perspective.

Nishii offers an engaged performance, his voice growing in intensity and shifting for his distinct characterizations.

Summary

Detective Masuto investigates a Hollywood mogul’s sudden death.

The residents of Beverly Hills tend to underestimate a Buddhist homicide detective, and Masao Masuto is happy to let them make that mistake. A second-generation Japanese-American, he relishes the thrill of a puzzling murder case. And Masuto will need all his powers of deduction to understand the murder of Al Greenberg.

The producer was giving a party when his heart stopped. After years of bad health, Greenberg’s abrupt death is no surprise. But one of the dead man’s producing partners claims to have overheard an unknown woman taunting Greenberg, while he pleaded, "put that gun away and give me my medicine." It appears Greenberg was frightened to death. To find the killer, Masuto must dig into the darkest secrets of the mogul’s past. Greenberg will not be the last to die.

©1967 William Morrow and Company, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • 19-08-20

Another chance... maybe?

By the end, I just wanted the story to be over. I'm chalking it up to a gaggle of unlikeable characters, so will consider another book in the series, but not soon. Audio narration excellent.

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  • Jamie Frasier
  • 01-03-21

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Using profanity as a filler for a quarter of the book does not qualify one as an author

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  • good-girl
  • 17-11-21

Excellent Book

I loved the main character. The story was interesting and entertaining & the narrator was wonderful. I look forward to reading more of this author’s books.

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  • Michelle B.
  • 24-07-21

Poor oration hurt the story

The inflection was halting and awkward. There were quite a few mispronunciations such as corPUS for the word corpse. The reader’s lack of fluency and poor skills made it undesirable to listen to the next story even though it was free.

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  • Firefly
  • 14-07-21

To much swearing not a cozy

Struggled past first few chapters to much swearing . I was very excited to read a book with oriental detective finely but there was to much swearing!

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