Stardust: A Novel
Publication date: September 2009
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
Set in 1945, “Stardust” follows Ben Collier, a veteran who returns from war-torn Europe only to find tragedy within his own home. His brother, a successful movie star, seems to have committed suicide, leaving Ben hunting for answers. Blending fact and fiction, “Stardust” is a story rich with intrigue, love, war, danger and deception.
Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from war-torn Europe to find his brother has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful movie career, and a heroic past choose to kill himself? Ben enters the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business, where politics and the dream factories collide and Communist witch hunts are rendering the biggest star makers vulnerable. Even here, where the devastation of Europe seems no more real than a painted movie set, the war casts long and dangerous shadows. When Ben learns troubling facts about his own family's past and embarks on a love affair that never should have happened, he is caught in a web of deception that shakes his moral foundation to its core. Rich with atmosphere and period detail, Stardust flawlessly blends fact and fiction into a haunting thriller evoking both the glory days of the movies and the emergence of a dark strain of American political life.