Alive! by Loren D. Estleman audiobook

Alive!

By Loren D. Estleman
Read by William Dufris

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing

The Valentino Mysteries: Book 3

6.88 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $29.95

    ISBN: 9781482100723

Everyone knows the Frankenstein monster was played by Boris Karloff. His portrayal is so famous that the play Arsenic and Old Lace was filled with Karloff monster jokes—even when the part of the monstrously deformed villain was played by another actor. But before Karloff’s memorable portrayal, another famous 1930s Hollywood icon, Bela Lugosi, tested for the part of the monster. The screen test footage was lost for decades, until Valentino, the never-say-die film archivist, gets a hot tip about the whereabouts of the incriminating (for really bad, heavily accented acting) footage. But it comes with a price far greater than the money he’ll have to pay. Someone would kill to get that reel of film, and that makes Valentino a mortal obstacle who would rather not die for art. People have already been murdered for the film, and Val doesn’t want to push his luck … but boy, that reel is too good to let go.  Enter a crew of steampunk fans. Loving the arcane strangeness that is Valentino’s life—not to mention the completely glam prospect of seeing the original filmic Count Dracula as the Frankenstein monster—they will find a way to save Valentino and Lugosi’s infamous screen test. Or if they can’t do that, have a great party anyway. Val just hopes it’s not a wake.

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Summary

Summary

Everyone knows the Frankenstein monster was played by Boris Karloff. His portrayal is so famous that the play Arsenic and Old Lace was filled with Karloff monster jokes—even when the part of the monstrously deformed villain was played by another actor. But before Karloff’s memorable portrayal, another famous 1930s Hollywood icon, Bela Lugosi, tested for the part of the monster. The screen test footage was lost for decades, until Valentino, the never-say-die film archivist, gets a hot tip about the whereabouts of the incriminating (for really bad, heavily accented acting) footage. But it comes with a price far greater than the money he’ll have to pay. Someone would kill to get that reel of film, and that makes Valentino a mortal obstacle who would rather not die for art. People have already been murdered for the film, and Val doesn’t want to push his luck … but boy, that reel is too good to let go. 

Enter a crew of steampunk fans. Loving the arcane strangeness that is Valentino’s life—not to mention the completely glam prospect of seeing the original filmic Count Dracula as the Frankenstein monster—they will find a way to save Valentino and Lugosi’s infamous screen test. Or if they can’t do that, have a great party anyway. Val just hopes it’s not a wake.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Leisurely paced and impressively researched, this is just the ticket for film buffs.” Library Journal
“This lively book with an unusual setting and snappy dialogue continues the series of LA film detective Valentino. There are great details about film history, a subject the author makes intriguing. The humor is clever and the addition of a steampunk group of students highlights the differences between the past and the present and shows links between the two.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

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Author

Author Bio: Loren D. Estleman

Author Bio: Loren D. Estleman

Loren D. Estleman is a former Detroit-area newspaperman and an award-winning author of mainstream fiction, Westerns, criticism, and mysteries. He has written more than sixty books and hundreds of short stories and articles and has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. His detective fiction has earned four Shamus Awards, a Barry Award, and two American Mystery Awards. His Western fiction has earned the Elmer Kelton Award, five Spur Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, two Stirrup Awards, and a Popular Fiction Magazine Outstanding Writer Award. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Western Writers of America, the Private Eye Writers of America, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Arts Alliance of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 6.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English