On a cold February night in 1922, William Desmond Taylor, the president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, was shot in his L.A. home. Soon, news about the killing, the family Taylor abandoned, and his possible homosexual trysts were making headlines across the country. Taylor’s murder has remained a cold case for decades.
But best-selling Hollywood historian William J. Mann has all but cracked it in his latest book, Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood (HarperCollins). Using FBI files and newspaper clippings, Mann spins this yarn with all the suspense and intrigue of a Dashiell Hammett novel. From beginning to end, the engrossing true tale will keep you guessing.
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