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Death Is A Lonely Business - Ray Bradbury
Death Is A Lonely Business
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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... show more
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.
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780553264470 (0553264478)
Publisher: Bantam
Pages no: 216
Edition language: English
Series: Crumley Mysteries (#1)
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0 Death is a Lonely Business (Crumley Mysteries #1)
bookshelves: fraudio, mystery-thriller, summer-2012, re-read, books-about-books-and-book-shops, noir Read from March 02, 2009 to June 07, 2012 Re-read In Honour:Ray Bradbury, author of science fiction classics Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, dies in Los Angeles, his daughter confirms. ...
nouveau
nouveau rated it
5.0 Death Is a Lonely Business
hooray for writers who write one book completely different from the rest of their ouevre. Haruki Murakami's 'Hard-boiled Wonderland,' a 1990s 'semiotics/akademickant' inflected surreal piece; Ray Bradbury's 'Death is a Lonely Business." no more martians, no more talking squids in outer-space; a spar...
All the Time in the World
All the Time in the World rated it
3.0 Death Is a Lonely Business
Sometimes Bradbury's writing is lyrical; sometimes it's just precious. (And sometimes it's just the wrong word, Ray, unless you're writing nonsense poetry.) Once I got into the flow of it, however, I was less bothered by his style and enjoyed the story a great deal. The unnamed narrator is a young...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0
Re-read In Honour: Ray Bradbury, author of science fiction classics Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, dies in Los Angeles, his daughter confirms. 6/6/12Home. Narrated by Robert O'Keefe. Unabridged.Craftsmanship indeed. Scott Joplin 1907
Allusion is not Illusion
Allusion is not Illusion rated it
5.0
Writerly, well-written, and about writing. Also about murder, loneliness, social change, urban decay, old movies, and poetry.
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