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Stardust

Joseph Kanon

THE ACCLAIMED, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE GOOD GERMAN AND LOS ALAMOS RETURNS WITH HIS MOST ABSORBING AND ACCOMPLISHED NOVEL YET -- A MESMERIZING TALE OF HOLLYWOOD, POSTWAR POLITICAL INTRIGUE, AND ONE MAN'S DETERMINATION TO LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS BROTHER'S DEATH. Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from wartorn Europe to find that his brother, Daniel, has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful career in the movies, and a heroic past choose to kill himself? Determined to uncover the truth, Ben enters the maze of the studio system and the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business. For this is the moment when politics and the dream factories are beginning to collide as Communist witch hunts render the biggest stars and 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, he is caught in the middle of 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. It brilliantly proves why Joseph Kanon has been hailed as the "heir apparent to Graham Greene" (The Boston Globe).

THE ACCLAIMED, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE GOOD GERMAN AND LOS ALAMOS RETURNS WITH HIS MOST ABSORBING AND ACCOMPLISHED NOVEL YET -- A MESMERIZING TALE OF HOLLYWOOD, POSTWAR POLITICAL INTRIGUE, AND ONE MAN'S DETERMINATION TO LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS BROTHER'S DEATH. Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from wartorn Europe to find that his brother, Daniel, has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful career in the movies, and a heroic past choose to kill himself? Determined to uncover the truth, Ben enters the maze of the studio system and the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business. For this is the moment when politics and the dream factories are beginning to collide as Communist witch hunts render the biggest stars and 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, he is caught in the middle of 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. It brilliantly proves why Joseph Kanon has been hailed as the "heir apparent to Graham Greene" (The Boston Globe).
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THE ACCLAIMED, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE GOOD GERMAN AND LOS ALAMOS RETURNS WITH HIS MOST ABSORBING AND ACCOMPLISHED NOVEL YET -- A MESMERIZING TALE OF HOLLYWOOD, POSTWAR POLITICAL INTRIGUE, AND ONE MAN'S DETERMINATION TO LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS BROTHER'S DEATH. Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from wartorn Europe to find that his brother, Daniel, has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful career in the movies, and a heroic past choose to kill himself? Determined to uncover the truth, Ben enters the maze of the studio system and the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business. For this is the moment when politics and the dream factories are beginning to collide as Communist witch hunts render the biggest stars and 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, he is caught in the middle of 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. It brilliantly proves why Joseph Kanon has been hailed as the "heir apparent to Graham Greene" (The Boston Globe).

Language:

English

Narrators:

T. Ryder Smith

Length:

18h 5m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:07


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

30:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

34:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

35:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

49:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

38:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

34:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

40:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

36:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

37:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

33:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

36:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

54:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

39:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

37:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

36:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

34:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

37:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

41:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

33:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

36:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

32:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

35:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

36:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

35:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

37:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

45:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

34:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:43