A Cast of Killers

Sidney Kirkpatrick, Author Dutton Books $17.95 (301p) ISBN 978-0-525-24390-8
As he was researching his ""official'' biography of King Vidor, the late film director, Kirkpatrick made the discovery on which this true crime story is built. Vidor, planning to make a movie about William Desmond Taylor, murdered in 1922, set out to investigate the unsolved crime 45 years later. Taylor had been a famous director of silents and his death was a sensation that ruined the careers of actresses Mary Miles Minter, Mabel Normand (the victim's reputed lovers) and other Hollywood luminaries. Kirkpatrick skillfully leads the reader into Vidor's search as the director studies old files and questions people in the movie colony who remembered those involved in the tragedy. The result is a riveting mystery. In his dramatic reconstruction, Kirkpatrick uncovers Vidor's convincing evidence, never disclosed by the director, that Taylor was killed by the mother of ingenue Minter. Photos not seen by PW. 50,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour. (June
Reviewed on: 06/01/1986
Release date: 06/01/1986
Hardcover - 323 pages - 978-0-8161-4274-3
Mass Market Paperbound - 336 pages - 978-0-451-17418-5
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-14-010086-0
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-1-4196-7746-5
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