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  • The Murder Room

Black is the Fashion for Dying

Jonathan Latimer

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

'Jonathan Latimer is the best kept secret in noir fiction' Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition

Perhaps it really started when scriptwriter Richard Blake, finishing last-minute revisions in the early hours of the morning, found the naked blonde on his driveway. Nobody ever saw her again, but she turned out to be a vital clue.

The movie's fading star is Caresse Garnet, a woman so universally disliked that you could throw a stone in Hollywood and find somebody who hates her: the producer who knows she's box office poison but can't fire her; the ing nue whose scenes are being cut to ribbons on her instructions; the director with a wife and a love-nest . . .

All these ingredients add up to a story of a murder that couldn't happen - but does.

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