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Murder Unscripted
Clive Rosengren
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Murder Unscripted

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2013 Shamus Award Finalist, Best First Novel. Booklist: "Blasting out of a time warp, straight from the 1940s. It's set in modern Hollywood, but it's old-time California noir, right down to its Bakelite heart. Luscious." Long-time character actor Clive Rosengren (Cheers, Seinfeld, Ed Wood) pens a sprightly tale of Hollywood sex and homicide in Murder Unscripted. Nobody is ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published January 22nd 2012 by Perfect Crime Books
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May 10, 2013 Bev rated it really liked it
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Eddie Collins, like author Rosengren, is a sometimes actor who also has another profession. For Rosengren, it's writing, for Collins it's being a part-time investigator, who is happy to leave his current film gig (filming a Chubby's Chicken commercial...we learn about "spit buckets") to investigate a murder on a movie set. The victim turns out to be Collins' ex-wife, whom he has not seen in several years. Through the investigation of the murder, we learn a lot about being on a movie set, the ...more
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4 hours, 18 minutes
Release date:
Nov 30, 2012

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nice noir book but can't tell when it is supposed to have been set in time -- no cell phones and protagonist mentions grabbing his hat ... but something makes me think this book is set in a more contemporary time than those things indicate. i'd like to see more books with this PI ... :D
Edwin Battistella
Jan 26, 2014 Edwin Battistella rated it really liked it
I reread Murder Unscripted for my book club and liked it even better this time. The story—murdered actress whose ex-husband splits his time between acting and being a private eye—was interesting though it was maybe a bit too easy to guess the ending. Rosengren’s writing is brisk and somewhat nourish and the insights into the film industry and acting profession gave the book a bit extra.
Aug 05, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
I listened to the audio version (read by the author) on a recent road trip. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Rosengren is also an actor, so he had a lot of insight into the movie industry. Mostly, I loved it because it sounded very noir, but took place in current day Hollywood. Well read. Lots of fun.
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Nov 14, 2013 Anna Jajic rated it liked it
I listened to it on audiotape. An okay book for that delivery method. If he wrote more I would read them.
Jan 08, 2016 Karenfoster rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the book a great deal. Lots of twists and turns, clues that all come together at the end. Realistic tight character descriptions like those on a script.
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Ok. Quick.
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I’ve been an actor for the better part of the past forty years, eighteen of them walking the same streets as Eddie Collins does in Murder Unscripted.

I’m a South Dakota native. I received a BA from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, and an MA from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.

After a 13-month stint with the U.S. Army in South Korea, I spent ten years working as a stage and co
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