“More fun than peeking through keyholes in Golden chronilogical age of Hollywood before World War II...a nostalgic, wisecracking, action-packed romp full of an insider’s understanding of show company and superstar gossip mill."
-JOSEPH WAMBAUGH, Mystery Writers of The United States Grand Master
“Levinson did it again—concocted a deadly criminal activity beverage that blends Hollywood fact and fiction with a master storyteller’s miracle wand.”
—WILLIAM LINK, five-time Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award champion
I've just read a novel that We liked therefore really i will be performing its praises 4 months before club day. Bob Levinson’s A RHUMBA IN WALTZ TIME is a book to look for.
—RUTH JORDAN. editor-in-chief, Crimespree mag
WRITERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW
Depression-era Hollywood kinds the backdrop with this sharp-edged noir from Levinson (The Traitor in all of us). In 1933, Chris Blanchard's profession as an LAPD detective involves an abrupt end after he does not want to look the other way when his colleagues victimize a prostitute. Five years later on, Blanchard undertakes "special issues" when it comes to MGM studio. One problem involves celebrity Marie MacDaniels, which concerns his apartment drunk late one-night, distraught over having shot the woman actor husband, Day Covington, and fingers within the murder gun. Whenever Blanchard visits the scene associated with crime, he rapidly discovers evidence clearing MacDaniels and sends this lady into hiding as he checks the problem. That criminal activity proves become but the tip of a really violent iceberg. Photographer to the stars Otto Rothman additionally eventually ends up lifeless, and mobster Bugsy Siegel many American Nazi sympathizers look like behind some of the untimely deaths. Blanchard, a character Chandler would recognize, deserves a few his very own.