Alive! by Loren D. Estleman
(Valentino Mystery)

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Bela Lugosi's Frankenstein screen test puts Valentino in the picture for murder

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, that 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.…
In Alive!, Loren D. Estleman delivers a mystery that only he can.

 

About Loren D. Estleman

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Loren D. Estleman was born in Michigan on September 15, 1952. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. in English Literature and Journalism in 1974. He spent several years as a reporter on the police beat before leaving to write full time in 1980. He wrote book reviews for such newspapers as The New York Times and The Washington Post and contributed articles to such periodicals as TV Guide. He is a writer of mysteries and westerns. His first novel was published in 1976 and since then he has published more than 60 books which have been translated into 23 languages. He received four Shamus Awards from the Private Eye Writers of America, five Golden Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America, two American Mystery Awards from Mystery Scene Magazine, and the Michigan Author's Award in 1987.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Forge Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction

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An intriguing McGuffin drives Shamus-winner Estleman’s third mystery featuring U.C.L.A. film consultant Valentino (after 2009’s Alone). Word reaches Valentino that a print may exist of Bela Lugosi as

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An intriguing McGuffin drives Shamus-winner Estleman’s third mystery featuring U.C.L.A. film consultant Valentino (after 2009’s Alone). Word reaches Valentino that a print may exist of Bela Lugosi as

Feb 04 2013 | Read Full Review of Alive! (Valentino Mystery)

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