The Prince of Beverly Hills by Stuart Woods

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Rick Barron, a sharp, capable detective on the Beverly Hills force, finds himself demoted after a run-in with a superior officer, but he soon lands a job other cops only dream about: the security detail for Centurion Pictures, one of the hottest studios in the midst of Hollywood's golden age of the late 1930s. As the protector of the studio's interests, Barron looks after the elite of filmdom's stars - among them Clete Barrow, a British leading man with a penchant for parties, and Glenna Gleason, a peach of a talent on the verge of stardom." Rick's easy charm has society columnists dubbing him "the Prince of Beverly Hills," the white knight of movie stars, until he stumbles across a murder cover-up and a blackmail scam that threaten the studio's business and may have origins with some unsavory characters. When two suspicious deaths begin to look like a double murder, and an attempt is made on someone who has become an intimate friend, Barron knows he is up against wise guys whose stakes are nothing less than do-or-die. A dicey war of nerves is on.


About Stuart Woods

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Stuart Woods is the author of thirty-three novels. He lives in Key West, on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, and in New York City. Readers may learn more about him and his work, read an interview, and correspond with him on his Web site at
Published April 5, 2005 by Signet. 372 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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In Kean’s office safe, Rick finds incriminating photos of four people having kinky sex, the Keans and another unidentified couple, whom Rick meets shortly.

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Rick delivers Clete to the sets on time and keeps the star's drinking problem in check while dining at restaurants buzzing with vintage Hollywood royalty like Greta Garbo, Jack Benny and Spencer Tracy.

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Stampano has a dangerous appetite for beautiful women, and his attraction to movie actresses --- particularly those under contract with Centurion --- puts him on a collision course with Barron, a situation that is aggravated when Barron himself becomes involved with one of Centurion's actresses.

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After years working as a Beverly Hills detective, Rick Barron is busted down to police officer because he got his captain's daughter pregnant.

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