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Stardust by Joseph Kanon
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Feb 07, 11

bookshelves: 2011-audio-books, 2011-mysteries
Read in January, 2011

Stardust, by Joseph Canon, A-minus, narrated by T. Ryder Smith, produced by Simon and Schuster, downloaded from audible.com.

Publisher’s note:
Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from war-torn Europe to find his brother has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful
wife, a successful movie career, and a heroic past choose to kill himself? Ben enters the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business,
where politics and the dream factories collide and Communist witch hunts are rendering the biggest star makers vulnerable. Even here, where the devastation
of Europe seems no more real than a painted movie set, the war casts long and dangerous shadows. When Ben learns troubling facts about his own family's
past and embarks on a love affair that never should have happened, he is caught in a web of deception that shakes his moral foundation to its core. Rich
with atmosphere and period detail, Stardust flawlessly blends fact and fiction into a haunting thriller evoking both the glory days of the movies and the
emergence of a dark strain of American political life.

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