The Devil's Playground

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The Devil's Playground

The Devil's Playground

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An ancient wooden sign, long separated from its post, lies on the ground, half propped up against a rock. When its star is discovered dead in her home, that is only the beginning of the tragic events that begin to plague the production of The Devil’s Playground. He thinks of rising from his chair to examine the books on the shelves, but the black gaze of the huge dog keeps him pinioned.

There is a rumor—again, a legend, almost—that a single copy, just one print, of The Devil’s Playground survived. Not only is it a great plot in the three dimensions, it is a wealth of knowledge and facts about Hollywood’s Golden Age with fictional characters nicely integrated with lives of well-known and misbehaving stars.The Devil’s Playground is reputed to be the greatest horror film ever made, a film that was also said to have cast a curse on everyone involved in its making. She explains to the maid that, in any case, the señora was seriously ill, something she’d kept from her adoring fans, and she had taken too much medicine by accident, not on purpose. After the water in the lake dried up, so did tourism and the cashflow, leading its destitute owner to kill himself and his family in a horrific murder-suicide. He gives a small laugh at the weird appropriateness of the thought, but at the same time it sits uneasily with him, as if he struggles to decide to which of his universes the scene should belong. Then I suggest you get them to report it as a suspected heart attack, and that she was still alive when we came and took her to the Appleton Clinic.

Sit,” she says, and Conway isn’t sure if she is talking to him or the dog, but both obey simultaneously. He has won the CWA Dagger in the Library and the McIlvanney Prize (for which he has been shortlisted another twice), and has previously been shortlisted for the CWA Golden Dagger, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, and the SNCF Prix Polar in France. Anything sensitive about the studio, any narcotics, anything sex-weird, anything linking her to one of our names. He slips his sunglasses into the breast pocket of his shirt, and it takes his eyes a moment to adjust to the inner gloom.Norma Carlton, one of the most famous actresses of her time and leading lady of the still in-production movie The Devil’s Playground, has been found dead of an apparent suicide in her mansion. In an age when far too many same-old-same-old books are clogging the charts, The Devil’s Playground – fresh, forceful, elegant but wild – deserves to crash the bestseller party. Travelling alongside her, seeing life from her point of view, actually drew me deeper into the story, and kept me invested in the fates of all that she came into contact with. All are intriguing, but it's the main focus on the events of 1927 when the film is made that hold our interest the most. The house sits in the foothills, elevated enough to offer an unbroken twenty-five-mile view across the city to the ocean.

I just don’t understand why you gave it all up, back then, at the height of it all—­why you went to such lengths to disappear. Those superstitions and theories about movies, particularly horror movies, that were purportedly cursed, resulting in major catastrophe, if not loss of life, for those connected to the production.I usually enjoy a book with dual timelines, but this one was weighted a little heavier on the central timeline than the others and one timeline just felt pointless. Now, unbidden, as he drives across the desert, the final scene of von Stroheim’s Greed is projected onto the screen of his mind.

Conway senses a discordant lack of proportion: that these pieces, all items of quality, have been made long ago for a much larger, much grander room. I was a little mystified by Boy and the connection and wished for more details and interactions in this part of the story. It all begins with the death of Hollywood star Norma Carlton and is mostly seen through the eyes of Carbine Studio fixer, Mary Rourke who is tasked by the studio owner to figure out who killed Norma. There's a huge denouement, fantastic and horrible, which makes a good case why "The Devil's Playground" should never be seen.What fascinates him most is that hers is a face he knows so well—­not aged, as it is now, but in bygone, camera-­captured flawless youth. We also are introduced to an alleged voodoo queen in the Louisiana swamp back in 1907 and even further back the author takes us to introduce many aspects of the plot, all of which add to the mystery of Norma's death, the cursed movie production, and missing young girls who flocked to Hollywood in the early days of film to become the next big star.

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