By Joseph Kanon
Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has simply arrived from war-torn Europe to discover his brother has died in mysterious situations. Why may a guy with a stunning spouse, a winning motion picture occupation, and a heroic earlier decide to kill himself?
Ben enters the uneasy international underneath the smooth shine of the motion picture enterprise, the place politics and the dream factories collide and Communist witch hunts are rendering the largest megastar makers susceptible. Even the following, the place the devastation of Europe turns out not more actual than a painted motion picture set, the struggle casts lengthy and hazardous shadows. while Ben learns troubling evidence approximately his personal family’s prior and embarks on a love affair that by no means must have occurred, he's stuck in an internet of deception that shakes his ethical origin to its center.
Rich with surroundings and interval aspect, Stardust flawlessly blends truth and fiction right into a haunting mystery evoking either the dignity days of the films and the emergence of a gloomy pressure of yankee political lifestyles.
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