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eBook Alone (Thorndike Press Large Print Mystery Series: A Valentino Mystery) epub
  • ISBN: 1410424545
  • Author: Loren D. Estleman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Mystery
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (May 5, 2010)
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Series: Thorndike Press Large Print Mystery. Library Binding: 480 pages.

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He is a writer of mysteries and westerns. His first novel was published in 1976 and since then he has published more than 70 books including the Amos Walker series, Writing the Popular Novel, Roy and Lillie: A Love Story, The Confessions of Al Capone, and a The Branch and the Scaffold. Frames: A Valentino Mystery A Valentino mystery (Книги 1), Loren D.

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Valentino wants to keep his beloved run-down movie palace, The Oracle, from being condemned before it reopens -- but murder keeps intruding. At a gala held in memory of screen legend Greta Garbo, the host, a hotshot developer, tells Valentino about a letter from Garbo to his late wife. She and Garbo had been . . . close. As a film archivist, Valentino is interested. But the plot thickens when the letter leads him back to find a dead blackmailer and a smoking gun.

Comments: (7)
As a Turner Classic Movies fanatic, I thought from the description, that I would be blown away by this book. I wasn't. It was fun; the author certainly knows his melieu, the lead characters were sympathetic, and the plot was OK, but I couldn't get excited. I will probably try another title by Estleman, but this particular one goes to the library book sale.
My first Valentino book. Almost as good as the Amos Walker series. Typical Estleman, very good read, keeps you interest.
Loren Estleman and Valentino are a combination that cannot be beat. The only tie would be with Robert B. Parker and Spenser. Keep them coming!
Loren D. Estleman is a noted movie buff and has used his love of vintage movies to good effect in the series about "Valentino" an archivist at UCLA whose job is to track down old movie footage and oversee its restoration..In addition to this he is also the owner of a rundown cinema and is intent on bringing it back to life despite burgeoning expense and an obstructive building inspector whose insistence on precise observation of building regulations is a cover for his venal and grasping nature.

A former associate ,the millionaire "Rankin",is being blackmailed by his secretary "Akers"who claims he has unearthed correspondence proving that "Rankin"'s ;late wife had been involved in a lesbian affair with the legendary Swedish movie star Greta Garbo.."Rankin" proposes a deal-in return for "Valentino"unearthing incriminating information about his secretary he will hand over footage of Garbo's first screen appearance -a promo film for a Swedish department store.Thinks get decidedly murky when "Rankin" shoots "Akers" claiming self-defence and is officially cleared by the police apart from the movie hating and bullish cop "Padilla" who continues to delve into the case aided by the reluctant "Valentino"
The mystery element runs alongside the tale of "Valentino" battling the bureaucratic nightmare that is LA planning regulations and of his ongoing relationship with LAPD employee "Harriet" not to mention the personal and professional life of his mentor ,the respected movie historian "Broadhead" and his romantic entanglement with a younger woman .
The strands are woven together with great dexterity and an enviable lightness of touch which compensates for the actual mystery not being especially hard to solve.As ever with this series there is a useful bibliography and filmography to do with its subject matter at the end of the novel for those wanting to explore the subject further .Like others in the series the book will mostly appeal to those who appreciate lighter mysteries and who like vintage movies .

It is not the best starting point for the series,and readers are advised to begin with the book "Frames" which got the series underway.
"Now when evening came, He was alone there." -- Matthew 14:23

Don't start this series with Alone: Go back and read Frames first, the initial book in the Valentino series.

I'm a big fan of Loren D. Estleman and picked up a copy of Alone on the strength of that liking. Utterly charmed by the story, I pulled my reading temporarily to a halt mid-way through and headed out to find Frames. The back story for Alone seemed just too good to be true. I had to find out more. I'm sure glad that I did.

I won't share any details. That will rob the story of its charm. Mr. Estleman can tell Valentino's story much better than I can hope to do.

If you are looking for an action thriller with a hard-boiled detective in a noir style, Alone won't appeal to you. But if you have a fondness for Hollywood, the history of the movies, the silent movie era, and a romantic mystery filled with outrageously good humor, Alone will charm you for sure.

On the surface, Alone can feel like fluff . . . but beneath the almost self-satirical humor lies a delightful plot, a gag environment, and a Keystone Kops-like approach to detection that fits closer to Stephanie Plum than to Sherlock Holmes.

Be warned that the murder mystery is simply there to move the plot along. If you like difficult whodunits, this book also isn't for you.

To me, the humorous mystery is the most difficult kind of book to write. Mr. Estleman carries it off like the pro that he is. He's having so much fun with this story that you cannot help but smile at the plot and in his obvious pleasure in writing the book.

If you have ever been hassled by a building inspector, you'll especially like this book.

If you like the writing style and format of Robert Randisi (the recent "Rat Pack" mysteries) or the Toby Peters series by Stuart Kaminski , then you'll enjoy Estleman's books starring Valentino.

Valentino is a UCLA film archivist who's job is to recover long-lost movies for the university. Of course his quest leads to mysteries and people associated with the Hollywood of old, thus providing an interesting connection between the old and the new. This particular story places him in a modern day murder involving the now deceased but once noted-reclusive Greta Garbo.

Estleman has written 60-some novels so he obviously has honed a smooth and consistant writing style. Although he is perhaps most known for his westerns, he does an excellent job of creating other characters and a more than passable effort of putting them in plausable situations. His two intriguing books about Sherlock Holmes, for instance, one that connected him to Dr. Jekyl and the another to Dracula, come to mind.

Readers of the Valentino series will find some interesting facts regarding early movie making and people in the industry, making the series worth reading for that information alone. Because of that, his Valentino series tends to be more than just about the mystery at hand. But that's okay...by adding new and developing characters, I can foresee this series evolving into an far more interesting product than it currently is... although right now it isn't bad.
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