By Ray Bradbury
April 2013 publication - Retail ePub
Ray Bradbury, the undisputed Dean of yank storytelling, dips his entire pen into the cryptic inkwell of noir and creates a classy and a bit fantastical story of mayhem and homicide set one of the shadows and the murky canals of Venice, California, within the early 1950s.Toiling away amid the looming palm bushes and decaying bungalows, a suffering younger author (who bears a resemblance to the writer) spins brilliant tales from his fertile mind's eye upon his clacking typewriter. making an attempt to not pass over his female friend (away learning in Mexico), the anonymous author gradually crafts his literary effort--until unusual issues start taking place round him.Starting with a sequence of surprising cell calls, the author then reveals clumps of seaweed on his doorstep. yet because the incidents enhance, his buddies fall sufferer to a chain of mysterious "accidents"--some of them deadly. Aided by way of Elmo Crumley, a savvy, street-smart detective, and a reclusive actress of yesteryear with an severe starvation for all times, the wordsmith units out to discover the relationship among the weird occasions, and in doing so, uncovers the reality approximately his personal inventive talents.
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