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Death is a lonely business

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Ray Bradbury, the undisputed Dean of American storytelling, dips his accomplished pen into the cryptic inkwell of noir and creates a stylish and slightly fantastical tale of mayhem and murder set among the shadows and the murky canals of Venice, California, in the early 1950s.

Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer (who bears a resemblance to the author) spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter. Trying not to miss his girlfriend (away studying in Mexico), the nameless writer steadily crafts his literary effort--until strange things begin happening around him.

Starting with a series of peculiar phone calls, the writer then finds clumps of seaweed on his doorstep. But as the incidents escalate, his friends fall victim to a series of mysterious "accidents"--some of them fatal. Aided by Elmo Crumley, a savvy, street-smart detective, and a reclusive actress of yesteryear with an intense hunger for life, the wordsmith sets out to find the connection between the bizarre events, and in doing so, uncovers the truth about his own creative abilities.

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display_description A streetsmart detective named Elmo Crumley, with the help of a young writer and a reclusive actress, seeks the killer who has left bodies among the dismantled remains of the Venice, California, amusement pier.
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subject_facet Detective and mystery stories, Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction, Private investigators -- California -- Fiction, Serial murders -- Fiction
title_display Death is a lonely business
title_full Death is a lonely business / Ray Bradbury
title_short Death is a lonely business
topic_facet Private investigators, Serial murders