The Studio Kill (Asahina & Wallace)
It's 1947 in Los Angeles. Mickey Cohen's men are taking over Bugsy Siegel's rackets. A Red-baiting Congressman is in town looking for Commies in the movie biz. And studio cop John McClellan, head of security for Continental Pictures, has his hands full-with a murdered mogul, the faked suicide of a former flame, a gossip columnist with a nose for studio dirt, and the promise of something like love with a beautiful young screenwriter. Nobody does Hollywood hard-boiled like Charles Fleming.
Praise for The Studio Kill
“1947: movie studios, murder, gangsters, Red-baiters, Commies, tough guys, starlets, rivers of alcohol, rivers of blood . . . Charles Fleming’s parodic look at detective stories, noir films, and Hollywood sleaze puts the hammer down for the whole ride. As you read the book, you see the movie. Who doesn’t like this stuff? Kudos.”—Walter Hill, writer and director
"Don't miss The Studio Kill, Charles Fleming's great new novel about John McClellan, head of security for Continental Pictures. An ex-cop for the LAPD, he spends his days and nights hushing up the sexual peccadilloes, not mention the rampant use of drugs and booze, of actors and studio honchos. Beautifully written with all the period details dead-on, dialogue so breezy it'll make your hair stand on end, and a twisty, dangerous plot that keeps you guessing, The Studio Kill is the Real McCoy. Buy it and do like I did—stay up all night and take one long wild ride."—Robert Ward, author of Red Baker and Four Kinds of Rain
"Mix a dry martini, crank up the Harry James Orchestra, and relax into the mink stole embrace of 1940s Hollywood in this stylish noir whodunit. Veteran Hollywood insider Charles Fleming makes the usual suspects come alive with snappy dialogue, studio gossip, and loving descriptions of Hollywood's mid-century landmarks, streets, and nightclubs."—Denise Hamilton, editor of the Edgar-winning anthology Los Angeles Noir and author of Damage Control.
“Like Fitzgerald's The Pat Hobby Stories, Charles Fleming takes the reader on a hard-boiled tour of Hollywood during the golden age of the silver screen, revealing the dark underbelly of power and the meat grinder of celebrity. Reading The Studio Kill is like being on the set of a classic film noir.” —Mark Haskell Smith, author of Raw: A Love Story
“The Studio Kill is better than your favorite black-and-white movie. Beautiful girls, dangerous men, plenty of scotch, and a huge cast of Hollywood stars caught with their pleated pants down—Charles Fleming has written a whip smart, captivating page-turner. Grab a bowl of popcorn and start reading, you won’t be able to stop.”
—Diana Wagman, author of The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets
Charles Fleming is a veteran journalist who has worked for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Variety, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess and the novels The Ivory Coast and After Havana. He is also co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Three Weeks in October and My Lobotomy.
Photo by Charlie Hess