1940s

Stardust by Joseph Kanon

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Rated by Susan B.
Apr 1, 2010

stardust.jpgReally good noir fiction about a bygone era in Hollywood can be scarcer than hens’ teeth, but Kanon provides a fine tale, with historical overtones.  The period is set immediately after WWII, and a returning GI is traveling across country, after learning his brother, a successful screen writer, has had a fatal accident.  Or was it?  As Ben Collier becomes familiar with his brother’s life, marriage, and somewhat clandestine activities, the Communist witch hunt begins with forays into studio politics and the émigrés who have sought asylum in the US from Eastern Europe. The division between real