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The Rocky Mountain Moving Picture Association

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In the tradition of "Billy Gashade", Estleman's latest novel again takes readers on a trip through the early movie-making days of Hollywood. The cast of "big guns" includes D.W. Griffith, Tom Mix, Lillian Gish, and unseen villain Thomas Edison.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 15th 2000 by Forge Books (first published 1999)
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Sarah Sammis
The early years of filmmaking, and the move to California is a favorite topic of mine. The days before the film industry in America was known as "Hollywood" was a free for all of mavericks going up against huge monopolies. Tiny fly by night companies popped up as fast as Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company (MPPC) could shut them down. The Rocky Mountain Moving Picture Association is a fictional one of these rogue "indies".

The hero of this odd ball historical novel is Dmitri Andreivitch Pulsk
I definitely liked this, probably because of my love of film history. Estleman uses enough real people to give the story a realism you don't often find. Again, I read this so I'd have some background of his work before his appearance at the Library and, turns out, he and I had a wonderful conversation about film and the book on the way back from dinner!
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The early days of moviemaking, as seen through the eyes of a naive young man who gets swept into the excitement. This was a lot of fun--the dialogue made it a rollicking good thing to listen to as an audiobook. I felt like the jumps between the golden hollywood years of the late 30s and 40s and early movie making weren't as successful, but the former were pretty brief. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I felt irritated when it ended as soon as it did--always a good sign for me that a book was a g ...more
The movie industry in its early days. The characters were interesting, but the plot just seemed a bit thin. George Guidell always does a great read.
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Loren D. Estleman is an American writer of detective and Western fiction. He writes with a manual typewriter.

Estleman is most famous for his novels about P.I. Amos Walker. Other series characters include Old West marshal Page Murdock and hitman Peter Macklin. He has also written a series of novels about the history of crime in Detroit (also the setting of his Walker books.) His non-series works in
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