Let's All Kill Constance: A Novel (Crumley Mysteries #3)
Essentially, an unnamed protagonist is pulled to his front door on a dark and stormy night by Constance, a wayward movie star who lives just down the beach. She is distraught, pushed over the edge by two “books of the dead”. The dead and nearly dead in these books are all know by her and seem to be harbingers of her own impending doom. the prota...more
I was compelled to read on because the dialogue was interesting but it seemed like the reader wasn't supposed to know all the references because I certainly didn't. I just couldn't put the book down so I kept reading and then about 50 pages from the end, I was saying, "OH, okay, yes, I do get it." I had to read fast to find out the conclusion. I don't think I've ever read a book so fast.
One of my fa...more
Venice, California, agli inizi degli anni Sessanta. Constance, un'anzianaattrice molto eccentrica, bussa alla porta di uno scrittore suo amico: èsconvolta perché qualcuno le ha fatto recapitare un elenco telefonico di LosAngeles del 1900 e la sua vecchia agenda. Due Libri dei Morti, carichi diricordi, di passato e - appunto - di nomi di persone ormai scomparse. Maperché li ha ricevuti? Chi li ha mandati? L'amico vuole aiutarla ed iniziacosì una grottesca indagine che lo porterà a rivivere tutto...more
“Here are si...more
As if it's not crazy enough that our unnamed hero has an aging, has-been Hollywood star, Constance Rattigan (Is that a glamorous, star-...more
Очень интересная и необычная книга. Никогда бы не подумала, что её напи...more
On a dismal evening in the previous century, an unnamed writer in Venice, California, answers a furious pounding at his beachfront bungalow door and again admits Constance Rattigan into his life. An aging, once-glamorous Hollywood star, Constance is running in fear from something she dares not acknowledge -- and vanishes as suddenly as she appeared, leaving the narrator two macabre books: twin listings of the Tinseltown dead and soon to be dead, with Constance's name included among them. And so...more
One dark and stormy night, an old phone book, full of the names of the dead, shows up on Constance Rattigan's doorstep causing her to run in fear screaming that death is chasing her. Now our detectives must trudge through the sewer of Rattigan's past to discover Who, What and Why death is after her.
This appears to be less a mystery of who want's Constance dead and more of an essay on the invincibility...more
Purtroppo non avendo letto i due libri precedenti di questa trilogia, non ho potuto apprezzare appieno l'insieme e mi sono sentita un pò persa: i personaggi mi erano estranei così come l...more
Вижте Констанс. Тя е всичко, за което един мъж мечтае… и след нея остава само опустошение. Тя е многолика, магична, покоряваща, тя е символ, метафора и пряко попадение на чук в сърцето, всички тия неща, че и още. Тя е дяволският образ на изкушението, който идва в нощта, задължително в буря, и изчезва без следа на слънцето. Остава едно – “Хайде всички да убием Констанс”. И нека магьосникът Рей Бредбъри разкаже тази истори...more
I enjoyed the character of Constance Rattigan ("The Rattigan") in Death is a Lonely Business and Graveyard for Lunatics. But she lost me this time.
So did the plot.
Okay, okay - I get the "murders" of past identities. Yeah, I know who's responsible for those.
But....who did the real murders of real people, by the way? Wow, what did I miss?
(And I agree with so many of the reviews here; this book was all over the place - and so was the dialogue).
It pains me to say that I didn't re...more
Bradbury's mysteries are not as accessible as his science-fiction works. I enjoyed Death is a Lonely Business but this sequel remains obtuse despite some beautifully written scenes.
The basic premise is that a woman and her closest acquaintances are being stalked by Death. But who is Death?
You get captivated by Bradbury's prose - at times it feels like Lynch on paper. But as a whole these scenes don't seem to gel. I still felt confused by the end, whereas I always think there is a strange logic...more