The Devil's Playground

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The Devil's Playground

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I liked her strength and tenacity, and her determination to get to the bottom of what had really happened when Hollywood starlet, Norma Carlton, was murdered. Stephen King's The Outsider, for instance begins as a relatively straightforward crime story but by the end has become a supernatural horror story, which was where I lost interest, so I feared that the same might be the case with The Devil's Playground; fortunately that wasn't the case. For the producers of The Devil’s Playground, that meant going bigger, bolder and more extraordinary than anything that had been seen before. Between them, they have three carryalls filled with paperwork, letters, photographs, address books, and a diary. Screen trickery that defied logic, stunts and effects so radical that they could only be done once but which helped establish the movie’s infamy.

After finding signs on Norma’s body that suggest she may have been murdered, Mary has to wonder if there may be some truth to these rumors, especially when even more misfortunes start to pile up on set. The sign is so sun-­faded and grit-­scoured that if Conway didn’t know the name he’s looking for, he wouldn’t be able to make it out.Despite being more striking, it does not match the other pieces in color or value: painted wire substitutes gold, glass and paste imitate jewels. As I said, Norma and I had a beast of a row over lunch, after I told her I’d have to break it off, and she stormed out. Heavyset beneath an expensive three-piece and matching homburg, his complexion ruddy to the point of livid, and his glasses rest on a bulbous nose. There’s also an interesting cast of characters, notably Mary Rourke who is the ‘fixer’ employed by the studio making the film. A former police officer, Craig Russell is the only non-German to have been awarded the Polizeistern - the Hamburg Police's Police Star.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well written and intriguing stories; it's original and unpredictable, an antidote to a lot of the rather formulaic thrillers that dominate the market. Yet she is a strong protagonist with a noirish air who inspires hope that she’ll inevitably outwit her enemies. Paul Conway, film historian and fervid silent movie aficionado, is on the trail of a tantalizing rumour: that a single copy of The Devil’s Playground—a Holy Grail for film buffs that was supposedly cursed and lost to time—may still exist. In fact, several of the novels in his German detective series, Jan Fabel, have either been made into movies or are in production. In the former timeline, we follow journalist and film buff Paul Conway on his quest to track down the last known existing copy of The Devil’s Playground, purported to be the most terrifying silent film ever made.That’s a common theme and all helps construct a book that takes you on a journey into a doomed movie and an ill conceived quest. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Prevention, Health, Washingtonian, and numerous other publications. He knows that von Stroheim, in his near-­insane drive for authenticity, filmed and refilmed the scene in Death Valley in midsummer, at midday. I did find some of her conversations with her boss to be a little repetitive hanging the pace a bit. Four further novels have been made into films (in one of which Craig Russell makes a cameo appearance as a German detective).

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