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Book Title: The Dorothy Parker Murder Case|
The author of the book: George Baxt
Edition: Intl Polygonics Ltd
The size of the: 7.45 MB
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Reader ratings: 4.4
Date of issue: November 1st 1989
ISBN 13: 9781558820562
Format files: PDF
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The Dorothy Parker Murder Case is the first of thirteen fictional celebrity mysteries written by George Baxt. Later novels feature such luminaries as Mae West, Clark Gable, and Bette Davis--to name just a few. While each novel features a different cast of stars, Detective Jacob Singer is the lawman in each case.
The opener has Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott and their Algonquin Round Table colleagues mixed up in a murder mystery that starts with a strangled Ziegfeld Follies girl who is discovered dead in George Kaufman's secret love nest. Kaufman didn't do it and can't figure out who would plant the dead girl on him. The girl was last seen in Rudolph Valentino's company at a high-profile party hosted by the mysterious (and uber-rich) Lacey Van Weber. Valentino is also dead--officially of a severe pleuritis attack, but there are rumors he was poisoned. Are the two deaths connected? Mrs. Parker knows a detective who will help them get to the bottom of things--without immediately assuming that Kaufman is guilty just because the body is in his bedroom.
Mrs. Parker is looking for some excitement in her life (she's just tried to commit suicide...again) and decides that helping Detective Singer look for clues and track down bad guys is just what the doctor ordered. It helps that she gets to spend lots of time posing innocent questions to the handsome, blue-eyed charmer, Van Weber, a man whose life seems to be a mirror of that fictional playboy, Jay Gatsby. The investigation will take Parker, Woollcott, and Singer through speakeasies and playhouses; from Italian restaurants to high class brothels. Others to be questioned include George Raft, Florenz Ziegfeld, Polly Adler, and Texas Guinan. And the trail will lead west all the way to Hollywood and the unsolved murder of director William Desmond Taylor.
This was a fun, tongue-in-cheek look at the Roaring Twenties. Lots of word play, satire, and quips...mostly well-played and only occasionally over-the-top. George Baxt has a way of making it seem absolutely plausible that all these well-known stars might set out to play detective on their own. I've previously read three others of the celebrity series (The Clark Cable & Carole Lombard Murder Case; The William Powell & Myrna Loy Murder Case; and The Alfred Hitchcock Murder Case). So far, I've rate them all at an even three stars. They are light entertainment and not meant to be terribly puzzling. A good read for a lazy afternoon that will make time fly by quickly.
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Read information about the authorGeorge Baxt, the US playwright, scriptwriter and novelist, was born June 11, 1923; he died June 28, 2003, New York City, USA.
He began his career as a radio announcer, an actors' agent, and television scriptwriter. He claimed that as an actors' agent he threw James Dean out of his office because he needed a bath. George Baxt's career developed into scriptwriting cult horror films. He made a contribution to The Abominable Dr Phibes, although it was uncredited. His first novel A Queer Kind of Death, (1966), introduced the detective Pharoah Love who was the first in the genre to be both black and openly gay. The novel was very well received and marked the start of a new career in writing. Two further Pharoah Love novels soon appeared and were widely regarded as superior to the first. Nearly three decades passed before the final outings of Pharoah Love in two novels.
Meanwhile George Baxt introduced the detective duo Sylvia Plotkin and Max van Larsen, but these were soon abandoned and several non-series novels were produced. Starting with The Dorothy Parker Murder Case, George Baxt then began to use his knowledge of Hollywood life by using celebrities as characters in a series of detective novels.
He died following complications after heart surgery.
Interesting obituary here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obi...
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