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Detective Craine, Book 1
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Series: Detective Craine, Book 1
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Summary

In Hollywood, no one is innocent....

Hollywood 1939. The year that The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind were made. Detective Craine has spent his life working as a studio fixer, whitewashing the misdemeanours and crimes committed by the studio players and stars. But now he's trying to turn his back on that life following the recent death of his wife, as he's determined to be a better parent to his young son.

But then Craine's services are called upon one last time. MGM need him to smooth over the press coverage of the suicide of one of their producers. And soon, what should be a straightforward case proves anything but when connections are made between it and a brutal murder across town. And that's just the start of the story.

It's only a matter of time before Craine must decide whether to follow orders or to attempt to redeem a career of concealment by going in search of the ugly truth. It's a choice he knows cannot end well.

©2017 Guy Bolton (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"Definitely recommended.... There's a real pace to the story and an effortless evocation of the Hollywood of the nineteen thirties.... It's his first novel and is particularly assured for a debut." ( The Bookbag)

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Formulaic mediocrity

How many times during the course of this book did I come close to hitting the delete button!? The main characters all ciphers for whom not a shred of compassion could be elicited. Written with a seemingly hoped for movie script pick-up. Let's hope it's a forlorn hope!!