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  • Death Is a Lonely Business

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Summary

Ray Bradbury, the undisputed Dean of American storytelling, dips his accomplished pen into the cryptic inkwell of noir and creates a stylish and slightly fantastical tale of mayhem and murder set among the shadows and the murky canals of Venice, California, in the early 1950s.

Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer (who bears a resemblance to the author) spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter. Trying not to miss his girlfriend (away studying in Mexico), the nameless writer steadily crafts his literary effort - until strange things begin happening around him.

Starting with a series of peculiar phone calls, the writer then finds clumps of seaweed on his doorstep. But as the incidents escalate, his friends fall victim to a series of mysterious "accidents" - some of them fatal. Aided by Elmo Crumley, a savvy, street-smart detective, and a reclusive actress of yesteryear with an intense hunger for life, the wordsmith sets out to find the connection between the bizarre events, and in doing so, uncovers the truth about his own creative abilities.

©1999 Ray Bradbury (P)2018 Recorded Books

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They Are Not Writing Them Like This Anymore

A noir crime novel to die for. Following the traditional route of crime writing greats the story is a literary masterpiece imbued with Ray Bradbury's magic and mystery. A whodunit underpinned by the evocation of 1949 Venice California and the demolition of the huge amusement pier. People are dying in diffferent ways and only the narrator and Detective Crumley believe the deaths are murders. There is a cast of characters to choose from but some of them fall by the wayside along the way
The book would make a terrific film - in the right hands - e.g. Alan Parker "Angel Heart"