Stardust by Joseph Kanon audiobook

Stardust

By Joseph Kanon
Read by Ryder T. Smith

Simon & Schuster Audio
18.08 Hours 1
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The acclaimed,bestselling author of The Good German and Los Alamos returns withhis most absorbing and accomplished novel yet—a mesmerizing tale of Hollywood,postwar political intrigue, and one man’s determination to learn the truthabout his brother’s death. Hollywood, 1945.Ben Collier has just arrived from war-torn Europe to find his brother has diedunder mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, asuccessful movie career, and a heroic past kill himself? Ben enters theuneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business, where politics andthe dream factories collide, and Communist witch hunts are rendering thebiggest star makers vulnerable. Even here, where the devastation of Europeseems no more real than a painted movie set, the war casts long and dangerousshadows. When Ben learns troubling facts about his own family’s past andembarks on a love affair that never should have happened, he is caught in a webof deception that shakes his moral foundation to its core. Rich with atmosphere and period detail, Stardust flawlesslyblends fact and fiction into a haunting thriller evoking both the glory days ofthe movies and the emergence of a dark strain of American political life.

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Summary

Summary

Selected for the October 2009 Indie Next List

The acclaimed,bestselling author of The Good German and Los Alamos returns withhis most absorbing and accomplished novel yet—a mesmerizing tale of Hollywood,postwar political intrigue, and one man’s determination to learn the truthabout his brother’s death.

Hollywood, 1945.Ben Collier has just arrived from war-torn Europe to find his brother has diedunder mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, asuccessful movie career, and a heroic past kill himself?

Ben enters theuneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business, where politics andthe dream factories collide, and Communist witch hunts are rendering thebiggest star makers vulnerable. Even here, where the devastation of Europeseems no more real than a painted movie set, the war casts long and dangerousshadows. When Ben learns troubling facts about his own family’s past andembarks on a love affair that never should have happened, he is caught in a webof deception that shakes his moral foundation to its core.

Rich with atmosphere and period detail, Stardust flawlesslyblends fact and fiction into a haunting thriller evoking both the glory days ofthe movies and the emergence of a dark strain of American political life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Spectacular in every way...wonderfully imagined, wonderfully written, an urgent personal mystery set against the sweep of glamorous and sinister history. Joseph Kanon owns this corner of the literary landscape.” Lee Child
Stardust is sensational! No one writes period fiction with the same style and suspense—not to mention substance—as Joseph Kanon. A terrific read.”   Scott Turow
Stardust is the perfect combination of intrigue and accurate history brought to life.” Alan Furst
“This may sound like a basic thriller formula, but Kanon operates with an intelligence that briskly evokes the atmosphere of a vanished era… Kanon, a romantic at heart, makes the case that in the end honest labor, not malicious conniving, creates the magic of the movies.”  New York Times
“Delectable stuff.” Washington Post
“James Ellroy fans will find a lot to like in this gritty look at post-WWII Hollywood...Kanon perfectly balances action and introspection.” Publishers Weekly
“Atmospheric [and] character-driven...Time and place are...vividly evoked, and the writing is...strong.” Kirkus Reviews
“A terrific read...an intelligent and engaging historical mystery.”  Bookmarks magazine

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Author

Author Bio: Joseph Kanon

Author Bio: Joseph Kanon

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award–winning author of several novels, including The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 18.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English