The Devil's Playground

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Not only is it a great plot in the three dimensions, it is a wealth of knowledge and facts about Hollywood’s Golden Age with fictional characters nicely integrated with lives of well-known and misbehaving stars.

He senses a greater absence: no photographs grace the walls or punctuate the bookshelves; no painting hangs from the picture rail.He is married to Veronica Stratton, the glacial beauty whose star shines even brighter than his, and they are Hollywood’s darling couple, second only in popularity to the Fairbanks-Pickfords. The Devil’s Playground, set partly in a richly evoked 1920s Hollywood, plays like Chinatown meets The Ring, and it’s the most sheerly entertaining novel I’ve raced through in at least a year … fresh, forceful, elegant but wild. He knows his Hollywood history and he knows the film endured myriad tragedies and ended up lost to time.

I don’t have too much to criticise here either, except to say that it’s perhaps all a little too drawn out and as the story comes to a close there are a few more twists and surprises than I think the story really needs. As I said, Norma and I had a beast of a row over lunch, after I told her I’d have to break it off, and she stormed out.

But shit, thinks Conway, what a scene: the character McTeague under a blazing sun, keylessly handcuffed to the man he has just killed, the money he has schemed and murdered for lying just beyond his reach, the last of his water spilled and evaporating from his bullet-­punctured canteen.


EAN: craig russell the devil's playground


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