cover image True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders

True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders

Dina Di Mambro. Publications, $16.95 paper (268p) ISBN 978-0-615-57269-7

In Hollywood, murder and mystery are par for the course, and in this fascinating true crime compendium, Di Mambro explores a host of famous scandals%E2%80%94some as old as the movie industry itself. Sex, drugs, and money have always had incendiary consequences in Hollywood, and Di Mambro provides backstories of some of Hollywood's most sordid affairs%E2%80%94the death of Gig Young, the murder of Bonnie Lee Bakley, and many more%E2%80%94inviting readers to make up their own minds about what really happened. Di Mambro has clearly done her research, and the versions of events she pieces together are entertaining and plausible. While her prose tends to meander at times, readers who are enthusiastic true crime aficionados or Hollywood scandal fans will enjoy this book immensely.