Stardust by Joseph Kanon
A Novel

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THE ACCLAIMED, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF
THE GOOD GERMAN AND LOS ALAMOS RETURNS
WITH HIS MOST ABSORBING AND ACCOMPLISHED
NOVEL YET -- A MESMERIZING TALE OF HOLLYWOOD,
POSTWAR POLITICAL INTRIGUE, AND ONE MAN'S
DETERMINATION TO LEARN THE TRUTH
ABOUT HIS BROTHER'S DEATH.

Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from wartorn Europe to find that his brother, Daniel, has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful career in the movies, and a heroic past choose to kill himself?

Determined to uncover the truth, Ben enters the maze of the studio system and the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business. For this is the moment when politics and the dream factories are beginning to collide as Communist witch hunts render the biggest stars and star makers vulnerable. Even here, where the devastation of Europe seems no more real than a painted movie set, the war casts long and dangerous shadows. When Ben learns troubling facts about his own family's past, he is caught in the middle of a web of deception that shakes his moral foundation to its core.

Rich with atmosphere and period detail, Stardust flawlessly blends fact and fiction into a haunting thriller evoking both the glory days of the movies and the emergence of a dark strain of American political life. It brilliantly proves why Joseph Kanon has been hailed as the "heir apparent to Graham Greene" (The Boston Globe).
 

About Joseph Kanon

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Joseph Kanon is the author of five other novels, Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, The Good German, Alibi, and Stardust. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.
 
Published September 23, 2009 by Atria Books. 528 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kanon's atmospheric, character-driven latest (Alibi, 2005, etc.) comes within a whisker of being flawless.

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Entertainment Weekly

When his moviemaker brother is found dead in an apparent suicide, returning World War II GI Ben Collier rushes to investigate, quickly finding that Tinseltown's moral landscape isn't quite as black-and-white as its films.

Sep 30 2009 | Read Full Review of Stardust: A Novel

Oregon Live

Kanon has been compared to Graham Greene, and the shared cinematic sensibility has never been more evident.

Oct 03 2009 | Read Full Review of Stardust: A Novel

Gather Books

The best mysteries take their readers into another world, and capture their imaginations with puzzling human behavior.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Erika Recordon Entertainment Weekly 3.5 of 5 Stars "Jospeh Kanon's prose in Stardust is eminently noir, all cigarette smoke and magnesium flashbulbs, and while it sometimes veers dangerously into arch imitation, it's a fitting appropriation, using Hollywood's own language to examine the guil...

Sep 27 2009 | Read Full Review of Stardust: A Novel

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