Thorndike Press


  • Loren D. Estleman
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  • ISBN-10: 1432884174
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884178
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .95 lbs ( .43 kgs)
  • 318 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released June 2021

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A Valentino Mystery

Film detective Valentino is summoned to collect a prized donation to the university’s movie library: Bleak Street, a film thought lost for more than sixty years. Bleak Street was never released. Its star, Van Oliver, a gifted actor with alleged ties to the mob, disappeared while the project was in post-production. Studio bosses elected to shelve the film rather than risk box-office failure. UCLA’s PR Department wants Valentino to find a way to sell it by way of a sensational discovery: “We want to know what happened to Oliver.” A simple quest for a few hundred yards of celluloid opens a portal into a place darker than night.


Customer Reviews

“Film noir has provided the frame story for a wealth of crime fiction, and now Estleman adds another sterling entry to the growing list . . . Classic-movie fans who don’t know this series should be ashamed of themselves.”

— Booklist (starred)

“Estleman effortlessly melds film history with a whodunit . . . clever and surprising. Film noir buffs will be in heaven.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Fans of Estleman will enjoy the wealth of film detail that fills out the story. Classic noir tropes are deployed with levels of glitz and power that Spade and Marlowe never imagined.”

— Library Journal