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Red Sky Lament

Edward Wright

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

Set in LA at the time of the McCarthy witchhunts, a third evocative thriller starring former B movie star John Ray Horn

Los Angeles, late 1940s: all over Hollywood, the U.S. government is ordering people to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee as part of the crusade to uncover Communist influence in the movies.

John Ray Horn has little use for politics, but as a former B-movie cowboy star who fell into prison and disgrace, he knows a few things about outsiders. He agrees to help Owen Bruder, a brilliantly talented but notoriously difficult screenwriter accused of having belonged to the Communist Party. If Horn can discover Bruder's secret accuser, they might have a chance to clear his name. But no one is willing to talk. People are scared, in a Hollywood run by fear and suspicion, where a whisper is all it takes to smear an innocent man.

As Horn's search leads him to powerful figures in Hollywood, his investigation takes a sudden and deadly turn. And he finds that more people will die before all the secrets are laid bare.

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Edward Wright

Edward Wright grew up in Arkansas. He was an officer in the US Navy, though his major career has been in journalism; he has worked as an editor at the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angelese Times. He and his wife live in the Los Angeles area.

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