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Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from war-torn Europe to find his brother has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful movie career, and a heroic past choose to kill himself?

Ben enters the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business, where politics and the dream factories collide and Communist witch hunts are rendering the biggest star makers vulnerable. Even here, where the devastation of Europe seems no more real than a painted movie set, the war casts long and dangerous shadows. When Ben learns troubling facts about his own family’s past and embarks on a love affair that never should have happened, he is caught in a web of deception that shakes his moral foundation to its core.

Rich with atmosphere and period detail, Stardust flawlessly blends fact and fiction into a haunting thriller evoking both the glory days of the movies and the emergence of a dark strain of American political life.

About the Author

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award–winning author of Istanbul Passage, Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, Alibi, Stardust, and The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.

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seascent, September 25, 2011 (view all comments by seascent)
This noir tale of immediately post-war Hollywood was recommended to me by a friend from the UK. It's an enjoyable bedtime cocktail - part Chandleresque whodunit, part Black Widow (Winger & Russell) with McCarthy era overtones.
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Edward Hahn, October 28, 2010 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I'm conflicted about this book. The topic, post WW II witch hunting for communists in the movie industry, is something I am interested in. The characters are interesting and believable. The plot, though, is sometimes confusing.

There are also numerous sub-plots, some of which, unfortunately, contribute to the plot confusion. Kanon's Writing style does not always help clarify things, either. He introduces characters, some of whom disappear never to be seen again while others become an integral part of the story. Towards the end of the book, I sometimes had to go back to figure out "who was who in the zoo". The fact that many of the characters were emigre Germans didn't help.

In the conclusion, we do find out what really happened. The story was inherently interesting because of its focus on Hollywood, the post-war political climate, and the travails of German Jews before and during the war.
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Kanon, Joseph
Washington Square Press
Historical - General
Popular Fiction-Suspense
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