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The Platinum Loop

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The new novel of suspense and dark humor from the author of Crimson Orgy is... The Platinum Loop.

"Pulp fun at its best."—Publishers Weekly

"Dark, funny, and fast paced."—ReaderViews

"Noirish bizzaro fun."—Booklist

Las Vegas, 1973. Two-bit film producer Gene Hoffman is flat broke and desperate to wash away the sins of his recent past. When he meets a low-rent hustler named Flo...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Upaya House (first published July 27th 2011)
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An indirect follow-up to 'Crimson Orgy' - the book about the production of a bgrade horror flick produced by Gene Hoffman by which a crew member spawns a murderous rampage and terrorises the cast, killing not only a starlet but also Gene's chances of making the big time. In 'The Platinum Loop' Gene once again finds himself in the thick of the b-grade movie business, this time by way of producing/selling the infamous Marilyn Monroe sex tape. Following a chance encounter, he teams up with Floyd Ma...more
In this sterling crime thriller, two small timers meet in Vegas and hatch a plan to make some heavy cash selling a legendary filmstrip reported to be the personal property of J. Edgar Hoover. Floyd Manning will take care of the negotiations, and Gene Hoffman will use his intimidating physique to quell any trouble if things get tense. It sounds simple enough. But of course, things do get tense in a hurry as this dubious scheme starts to go haywire before it even gets started.

Both of these guys h...more
Set in 1973, The Platinum Loop by Austin Williams is a new novel scheduled for release in November 2011. Desperate and broke, low-class film producer Gene saves celebrity paraphernalia hustler Floyd in Vegas as he's getting beat up for a deal gone sour. Floyd talks Gene into returning to his Hollywood accommodations to see the best item in his collection - the platinum loop, a raunchy home movie of Marilyn Monroe with some unknown man. Unfortunately the platinum loop isn't all that Floyd made it...more
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In the fall of 1973, Floyd Manning finds himself scanning the view of the Vegas underbelly from his hotel balcony, upside-down and in the clutches of a Texan named Billy Bob - all of this over a pair of Frank Sinatra's dice. Floyd doesn't have much time to think about his next move as he is plunging headlong into a dumpster four stories below.

Meanwhile, Gene Hoffman, a low budget movie producer, is leaving a table that now has all of his money and the la...more
As a fan of vintage noir and suspense novels, I had high hopes for "The Platinum Loop". I was not disappointed. This is the story of Floyd Manning, a Hollywood memorabilia salesman/con man, and Gene Hoffman, a producer of trashy low budget movies. When these two guys cross paths in Las Vegas circa 1973, you know they are headed for trouble. The plot involves a long lost 8mm sex film starring none other than Marilyn Monroe. Floyd convinces Gene there's a fortune to be made in selling a copy of th...more
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A terrific new entry in the contemporary noir category, THE PLATINUM LOOP manages to feel both old school and fresh at the same time. I don't know if an X-rated short film of Marilyn Monroe getting down to business actually exists or if that's just standard urban myth bunk, but it really works as the engine of this book's lively and complex plot. There is a surfeit of action, sexy stuff and weird twists along the way. There's a little of Ellroy's darkness and a little of Hiasson's humor and some...more
Wonderfully entertaining tale of two low-rent schemers on the make. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern transplanted into the seedy seventies, with Glitter Gulch and Tinsel Town for a backdrop. Plot harkens back to old school capers like "Ocean's Eleven" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" with a touch of screwball comedy added for spice. Hollywood lore of both the on- and off-camera variety plays a recurring role throughout. It all winds up in a satisfying finale with everyone getting what they deserve...more
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The new thriller by Austin Williams, Misdirection, is now available from Diversion Books. It is the first novel of The Rusty Diamond Trilogy.

Williams is the author of the suspense novels Crimson Orgy and The Platinum Loop. He is the co-author (with Erik Quisling) of Straight Whisky: A Living History of Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll on the Sunset Strip.

He lives in Los Angeles.

More about Austin Williams...
Crimson Orgy Misdirection (The Rusty Diamond, #1) Straight Whisky

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