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March 21, 2015

Charles Fleming: Hardboiled Hollywood

1947. Movie studios. Tough Guys. Starlets. Murder.

March 21, 2015

The Best Noir Films

My novel The Studio Kill is intended, in part, as a homage to the great noir movies of the 1940s and 1950s. 

It's 1947 in Los Angeles. Mickey Cohen's men are taking over Bugsy Siegel's rackets. A Red-baiting congressman is in town looking for Commies in the movie biz. And John McClellan, former LAPD cop and now head of security for Continental Pictures, has his hands full—with a murdered mogul, the faked suicide of a former flame, a gossip columnist with a nose for studio dirt, and the promise of something like love with a beautiful young screenwriter. Nobody does Hollywood hard-boiled like Charles Fleming.

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“1947. Movie studios, murder, gangsters, Red-baiters, Commies, tough guys, starlets, rivers of alcohol, rivers of blood . . . Charles Fleming’s parodic look at detective stories, noir films, and Hollywood sleaze puts the hammer down for the whole ride. As you read the book, you see the movie. Who doesn’t like this stuff?  Kudos.”

Walter Hill, writer and director

"Want to take a trip back to the 1940s, when Tinseltown was glamorous, decadent, sexy, and violent? Then don't miss The Studio Kill, Charles Fleming's great new novel about John McClellan, head of security for Continental Pictures. An ex-cop for the LAPD, he spends his days and nights hushing up the sexual peccadilloes of actors and studio honchos, not to mention their rampant use of drugs and booze. Now our hero has his hands full with a Red-baiting Congressman who wants to bring the studio down, the murder of a famous director's wife, a columnist who will do anything for his next big story, and a sexy girl screenwriter who might be the love of his life—or the death of him. Beautifully written with all the period details dead-on, dialogue so breezy it'll make your hair stand on end, and a twisty, dangerous plot that keeps you guessing, The Studio Kill is the Real McCoy. Buy it and do like I did—stay up all night and take one long wild ride."

Robert Ward, author of Red Baker and Four Kinds of Rain

“The Studio Kill is better than your favorite black-and-white movie. Beautiful girls, dangerous men, plenty of scotch, and a huge cast of Hollywood stars caught with their pleated pants down—Charles Fleming has written a whip smart, captivating page-turner. Grab a bowl of popcorn and start reading, you won’t be able to stop.”

Diana Wagman, author of The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets

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