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Charles Fleming on vintage Hollywood and his novel 'The Studio Kill'
Charles Fleming on vintage Hollywood and his novel 'The Studio Kill'

Charles Fleming's "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles" is a perennial bestseller in Los Angeles' bookstores. The L.A. Times columnist is also a mystery writer who has just published his third hard-boiled novel -- and it's the first set in Los Angeles. "The Studio Kill" (Asahina & Wallace: $16) depicts a world of studio fixers, tabloid journalists, and gangsters during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Set during the Red Scare, the story follows John McClellan, a “security officer” for a major film studio as he investigates the murder of a film director’s wife. Along the way, McClellan encounters...

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