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Let's All Kill Constance (Crumley Mysteries #3)

3.06  ·  Rating Details ·  1,142 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
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 tw ...more
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published 2003 by William Morrow
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Jason Brown (Toastx2)
I have never been one who fancied Ray Bradbury’s mystery novels. Reading “Let’s all kill Constance”, third in this particular series, I was kind of lost.

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
Vania Prodanova
Като за първа среща с Бредбъри останах приятно изненадана. Със сигурност можех да избера по-подходяща книга, за да се запозная с творчеството му, но пък "Хайде всички да убием Констанс" се оказа забавен избор. :)
С голямо удоволствие се включих в "убийството" на Констанс и за кратко време искрено съжалявах, че споменатите имена на покритите с прах холивудски звезди, са ми непознати. Убедена съм, че ако имената ми говореха нещо, щях да се смея на глас, не само да се подсмихвам на странните и абсур
Gabriel C.
This book is like pulled pork, sloughing off the page, falling apart in your mind. Is there some commonality to the aging process in these golden age science fiction authors that leads them, in their twilight years, to write incomprehensible nostalgia? Time Enough for Love, I'm looking at you. Each sentence itself, practically, is broken, and they don't fit together in a way from which I can extract meaning as I normally would, but holistically I can tell that there is meaning present. There is ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: npl
The reason I love reading Bradbury is that he always manages to draw me into a wonderfully weird and often wacky place -- and that is certainly the case with this story.
Atmospheric and tongue-in-cheek in a twisty way, the story begins on
"a dark and stormy night ...". It's one of the Crumley mysteries, but Crumley is a minor character in this story; instead the protagonist is an unnamed author (who is toying about writing about a fireman who burns books) and the life and death scavenger hunt th
Христо Блажев
Как да убиеш богиня с много лица?:

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
"Хайде всички да убием Констанс" е нещо като криминален роман, но с не особено "сочна развръзка".

Един писател от Калифорния разгадава серия мистериозни смъртни случаи. Вечната филмова звезда Констанс Ратиган е в главната роля. Жертва или убийца е тя? В търсенето на истината се включват и група чудаци - циничният детектив Кръмли, всевиждащият слепец Хенри и шумният немски режисьор Фриц. Заедно те ще преминат с бясна скорост и пилене на автомобилни гуми по пътя на модерните поклонници. Тяхната рел
May 30, 2009 Sheila rated it liked it
A few things troubled me about this book. Constance is sent her old phone book with the names of people who are still living circled in red and marked with an ominous crucifix (although I rather suspect Bradbury doesn't mean "crucifix" because that would imply that there's a little stick-man Jesus drawn on each of these crosses). She is also clutching a Los Angeles phone book from 1900--which she and the protagonist (Bradbury himself it seems) both find as ominous as the other book. I must confe ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Chantelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought a signed copy of this book at the LA Times book fair at UCLA in 2008 because, after reading Fahrenheit 451, I was inspired to read another of Bradbury's books. It was not what I had expected of Bradbury. But don't get me wrong, I don't mean that in a bad way. All I mean to say is that, being used to Bradbury's usual sci-fi futuristic theme, I was surprised to find this one a mystery. But, nevertheless, I loved every second of it. There were two things about this book I will never forget ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Stasy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is very interesting as it dwells upon the problem of finding your own identity in the modern cruel world. It shows how people deal with the great expectations thay have to meet beacause the society wants them to. The book makes us think of the question "is it really that nesessery to be the best in everything or from time to time you should have a break and think of what you've done and if you are happy after that".

Очень интересная и необычная книга. Никогда бы не подумала, что её напи
ღ Carol jinx~☆~
This was not what I expected from Ray Bradbury. As I was reading it, I found I was not getting it.
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
Michael Tildsley
Aug 19, 2014 Michael Tildsley rated it it was ok
This book was not good. What works in a short story does not translate to a 200+ page novel. It's not a good sign that I was reading a Philip K. Dick book at the same time, and THIS book was more heady and trippy. The mistake Bradbury makes (yeesh, that sucks to say) is not giving the reader anything tangible to stand on. We are constantly whisked away here and yonder before we really know what's going on. It's very quick and conversational, which works fine in his shorter works, but doesn't wor ...more
Една история, колкото и увлекателно и добре да е написана, трябва да си остане с последната точка и да не бъде експлоатирана повече. Това важи за всеки автор, дори и за величия като Бредбъри. И ако едно продължение може и да се получи поносимо, то второто вече е дотягащо скучновато и изсмукано от пръстите. Особено когато повтаря първото и оригинала. Поредното разплитане на мистерии с филмови звезди и пак на гробище ми дойде леко в повече, а след дъха на Шанел №5 след тях книгата тотално ме изгуб ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
I read Death is a Lonely Business and A Graveyard for Lunatics years and years ago, and they were magical. Now I'm afraid to reread them, because either I was just totally wrong, or this third book in the series is a tossed-off afterthought (please let that be the case). This was just kind of a mess. It had the same breathlessness, the same endearingly madcap characters, but none of the depth of the others.
Feb 12, 2009 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Like much Bradbury, the writing is fantastic--it's magical, lyrical and poetic, while the dialogue is beautiful and completely unrealistic. However, the story itself doesn't hold up--it's a little confusing and hard to follow. Which is too bad, because it's wonderful to read--it's just hard to figure out the point.
Michaella Kraeva
Jun 25, 2015 Michaella Kraeva rated it it was amazing
I have to start off by saying that I don't believe that there is such thing as over-analyzing books. With that out of the way, I have to say that the second time reading the book was so much better for me. The first time I thought that only the ending is open to interpretation, however now as I think more of it, I feel like the whole thing is open to interpretation. Even though we have the main reveal displayed straightforward, I find many underlying themes that can be interpreted in so many var ...more
May 03, 2015 Marrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, adult, 2015-reads
This was surprising. Bradbury is one of my favorite writers, but I found this novel's writing style to be choppy and disjointed. I think that Bradbury's writing style just works better in sci-fi and dystopian than it does in mystery. This book was interesting enough to keep me reading, but I found I had to force myself to read when I didn't want to and that it was just a very dull book for me.
Aug 19, 2007 Vicky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was rather disappointing because the story was all over the place. I kept on reading in the hopes that it would get better and something would make the plot worthwhile. The identity crisis theme could have been better developed. But there were definitely some interesting scenes.
Carolina Gonzalez
Leer este libro fue como estar leyendo un sueño de alguien. La trama de misterio es algo enredada y algunos personajes entran y salen sin mucho sentido. No esta mal, pero no es una lectura ligera. Esta plagada de referencias y metáforas que de las cuales creo que no capte ni la mitad.
Mar 08, 2017 Robert rated it it was ok
I know Bradbury is a fantastic writer, I've seen it, relished it, loved it. But this book.... It was a struggle to get through; it took me 3 attempts. In the end I was just mad at it. I can take a little bit of abstract story telling, but this was a too much for me. Maybe even a above me.
Oct 26, 2011 Bev rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, mcpl-book might find Ray Bradbury's Let's All Kill Constance shelved at your local library or bookstore under "mystery" but let me tell you, this ain't your usual detective novel. This is Bradbury channeling Faulkner or some other stream-of-consciousness writer and throwing all his lovely language and metaphors into a mixer and spewing out craziness. Seriously.

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-
Jan 01, 2015 Angela rated it it was ok
My favorite author in the world can write clunkers, or so it seems. How else to explain why it took 11 days to finish a novel that barely cracks 200 pages?

On a dark and stormy night (literally -- that's how the novel opens), circa 1960, Constance Rattigan bursts through the door of our narrator's rustic beach house -- panicked, incoherent, completely rattled -- and tosses two phone books at him. Ominously, some of the names in the phone books are scratched through, and some are circled. Those sc
Apr 13, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strange book. The book vaguely semi-autobiographical, set around 1960 in Hollywood, but veers deeply into the mystery of Constance Rattigan, an eternally attractive, aging, free-spirited, haunted, still-young, movie star. Constance has a fear of death, and a past and some secrets to overcome. She swims with seals, drinks, sleeps, runs around, maybe murders, and much more. Constance does not actually make very lengthy appearances in the book. Most of the time is spent with the young nar ...more
Mark Oppenlander
Jun 30, 2013 Mark Oppenlander rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the third and final novel in Bradbury's semi-autobiographical triptych in which he reminisces about life in Southern California. In this one, Constance, the aging movie star who lives down the street, is in fear for her life after receiving two strange "death-lists" delivered to her doorstep, one of which includes her name. After reporting this eerie delivery to the (unnamed) narrator of the novel, she goes into the wind. The anonymous writer character calls up his old pal, Detective Cru ...more
Stephanie Ricker
Oct 06, 2013 Stephanie Ricker rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I was reading Let’s Kill Constance in the AAA office, which sparked a conversation with another poor car-less soul. He hadn’t heard of this one, and I only recently did myself. It’s the third in a loose detective story trilogy even more loosely based on Bradbury’s experiences working as a writer at a film story. Even bad Bradbury is usually pretty good, but this trilogy drives me a little nuts. Behold, to illustrate, here is an excerpt of an old man talking about the title character:

“Here are si
Alessandro Margheriti
Nel terzo episodio della trilogia noir non manca nulla: c'è l'avventura, un mistero intricato, la passione per il grande cinema, la nostalgia per un passato che non può più ritornare.
Di tutto ciò si nutre la grande letteratura.
Non manca neppure quella. Applausi.
Madison Grace
Well, this book is certainly...interesting. What can I even say about it? Is it bad? No. Is it good? No. Did I like it? No. Did I hate it? Again, no.

So, what DO I feel about this book, and why? The main word that comes to mind is "confused". This book is both confusing to the reader and confused in and of itself. It's labeled as a mystery, but it lacks true suspense. The main "mystery" is non-threatening and not very creepy, either. Our narrator, while somewhat charming, is bland overall, and hi
Luz  C. Johnson
Wow! This is not at all what I expected from Ray Bradbury, especially after reading his science fiction material like “The Martian Chronicles” or “Fahrenheit 451”. This is the first mystery book I read from this author. Apparently, I should’ve started with two other books first: “Death is a Lonely Business” and “A Graveyard for Lunatics”. “Let’s All Kill Clarence” is actually the third book of his mystery collection. The fact that it isn’t what I expected doesn’t mean I’m disappointed. That’s no ...more
Иван Величков
Само с една дума мога да опиша книгата – Експлозия!
Експлозия от носталгия по една загубена реалност, експлозия от чувства по една изгубена младост, експлозия от спомени от един отиващ си живот.
Писан приблизително 20 години след първата и 10 след втората книга от цикъла, романът предлага едно по-зряло приятелство между героите, по-щекотливи диалози и много по-дълбоко основно чувство. Криминалното отново не е на висота, но то никога не е било цел на книгите. Стилът и езикът са на извънземно ниво,
Jan 03, 2008 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a cute satisfying book by Ray Bradbury. It is a recent book and has some of the same characteristics of his writing since he produced Quicker than the Eye. That is, his writing is very spare. There is very little description, the dialog is similar to the dialog that Leigh Brackett used to write for Howard Hawks films, very short and punchy with characters completing each other's sentences. The sparseness of the writing may be a reflection of the fact that Ray has to write via dictation n ...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

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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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