PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW:
A Rhumba in Waltz Time
Robert S. Levinson. Five Star, $25.95 (350p) ISBN 978-1-4328-2497-6
Depression-era Hollywood forms the backdrop for this sharp-edged noir from Levinson (The Traitor in Us All). In 1933, Chris Blanchard's career as an LAPD detective comes to an abrupt end after he refuses to look the other way when his colleagues victimize a prostitute. Five years later, Blanchard undertakes "special problems" for the MGM studio. One such problem involves actress Marie MacDaniels, who comes to his apartment drunk late one night, distraught over having shot her actor husband, Day Covington, and hands over the murder weapon. When Blanchard visits the scene of the crime, he quickly finds evidence clearing MacDaniels and sends her into hiding while he looks into the matter. That crime proves to be but the tip of a very violent iceberg. Photographer to the stars Otto Rothman also ends up dead, and mobster Bugsy Siegel and some American Nazi sympathizers appear to be behind some of the untimely deaths. Blanchard, a character Chandler would recognize, deserves a series of his own. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/27/2011
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CHARLES ARDAI, award-winning crime author and editor of the Hard Case Crime series.
LAWRENCE BLOCK, legendry mystery and crime author, creator of the Matt Scudder series & more!
ED BALCOURT, renown artist rep who was a key player in paperback cover art and pb publishing.
LINTON BALDWIN, Lion Books crime author, who wrote Lion classic noir, Sinner's Game.
MARCUS BOAS, fabulous fantasy artist who will display some of his wonderful paintings!
CAROL BUGGE, author of many fine mystery novels and some fine Sherlockian pastiches!
ELAINE DUILLO, famous cover artist and the “Queen of the Romance Paperback!”
RON GOULART, master storyteller, SF writer, pulp and comic book scholar.
JACK FARAGASSO: Famous vintage paperback cover artists and master illustrator!
C.J. HENDERSON, hard-boiled crime, fantasy and horror author.
MORRIS HERSHMAN, original Manhunt author and also Midwood Books author as Arnold English.
MARVIN KAYE, famous fantasy author and renown Sherlockian anthologist and editor of SHMM.
SANDY KOSSIN, vintage paperback cover artist and classic master illustrator!
RON LESSER: Classic paperback book cover artist and master illustrator.
ANNETTE & MARTIN MEYERS, mystery author couple, who also write as Maan Meyers.
S.J. ROZAN, crime author and creator of the famous Lydia Chin series and much more.
NORMAN SPINRAD, legendry science fiction author.
JASON STARR, author of many excellent crime and noir thrillers.
STAN TRYBULSKI, hard-boiled crime author with many fine books to his credit.
KEN WISHNIA, hard crime as well as historical mystery author.
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