Red Sky Lament

Red Sky Lament

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Los Angeles, late 1940s: As brush fires begin to eat at the dry grass in the hills rimming the San Fernando Valley, a more ominous threat is taking shape. 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. And when his ex-lover Maggie O'Dare asks him to come to the aid of an old friend of hers who has been targeted by the committee, he can't refuse. Owen Bruder, a brilliantly talented but notoriously difficult screenwriter, is accused of having belonged to the Communist Party - a charge he strongly denies. 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 - perhaps more frightened than they were in the Depression, or even the war. Hollywood has become a place 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. He is forced to ask if those in authority are capable of murder in order to attain their political goals. And he finds that more people will die before all the secrets are laid bare. Now there's no mistaking the smell of fire in the air. It is just over the mountains, still unseen, but it's coming this more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 147.32 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752869302
  • 9780752869308

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"In this, his best book, Wright creates an atmosphere of fear and distrust and keeps the pages turning with a mystery that deftly brings together all the elements of his story -- love, hate, ambition and the fight for America's soul." THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, 12 Feb "An impressive recreation of the era... John Ray Horn's investigation into an intelligent and exciting web of violence and conspiracy. Excellent writing." -- Matthew Lewin THE GUARDIAN, 4 Mar "[His] novels have rapidly become a publishing event. One of the joys of Wright's novels is the way he recreates the glamour and fragility of Hollywood in the post-war years. [A] dark, gripping tale." -- Joan Smith THE SUNDAY TIMES, 30 April "An absorbing and intelligent crime thriller. This is pacy, exciting fiction with the sobering weight of history and truth at its heart." WESTERN DAILY PRESS, 4 Mar "A thoughtful thriller." CHOICE magazine, April "Easily [Wright's] best. I especially appreciated the complexity of John Ray Horn. There seemed to be more action in this episode and it took on a thriller feel, but one that still had a lot of good detecting done by Horn. The author leaves you wanting more..." DEADLY PLEASURES, Spring 06 "[An] excellent thriller. Great." -- George Byrne EVENING HERALD (Dublin), 11 Mar "Once again author Edward Wright delivers a crackling Chandler-esque mystery set in a perfectly realised time capsule of 1940s Los Angeles." IRISH INDEPENDENT, 6 Mayshow more

About Edward Wright

Edward Wright grew up in Arkansas and has degrees from Vanderbilt University and Northwestern University. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy aboard destroyers for three years, training in anti-submarine warfare techniques. His major career has been journalism, and he has worked as an editor at the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. He and his wife, Cathy, live in the Los Angeles more

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