Barron, a Beverly Hills detective, is busted down to police officer.
Rick witnesses a traffic accident caused by famous movie star Clete
Barrow. Clete is obviously intoxicated and did not even slow down
for the light. The woman who was driving the car Clete crashed into
was killed immediately. Rick immediately removes the license plates
and registration from the vehicle and hides Clete until the other
policemen at the scene leave. Clete instructs Rick to call Eddie
Harris, a Centurion Studios Executive, in order that Harris can make
all necessary arrangements to cover up Clete's part in this
The fact that Rick has been busted down to police
officer because he got his captain's daughter pregnant along with
the fact that one of his first actions as a police officer is to
cover up a serious crime made me take an instant dislike to
Eddie Harris takes an instant liking to Rick and
immediately takes him under his wing and hires him as head of
security. This job comes with a new car, a nice home and a good
salary as well as many other perks. Rick adapts immediately to the
Hollywood scene and is often seen at famous clubs and mentioned in
the gossip columns. He makes an enemy of a crook named Stampano who
has connections with Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano. This is
Hollywood right before the beginning of World War II.
book made interesting reading and many famous names were mentioned
but it is a good thing it is classed as fiction because I cannot
believe that even in Hollywood life could offer so many
opportunities if you knew the right people.
PATRICIA E. REID
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