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Death is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury

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Death is a Lonely Business is a combination between the hard-boiled detective genre of Hammett and Chandler and a gently nostalgic evocation of Venice, California in 1949.

The great amusement pier in Venice is being torn down. Already the roller coaster has fallen to its knees under the wrecking ball and lies scattered on the ground like dinosaur bones. And the theater that once enchanted with its flickering images of Chaney and Fairbanks now has only one word, two feet high, on its marquee: GOODBYE.

In one of the lion cages that lie submerged in the canal, a body is found; down the block, in a cheerful flophouse, another. Across town an aged lady who once sold canaries is dead too, and so is the three-hundred-pound diva Fannie Florianna. All four could be accidental or natural deaths, but at least two people are not quite sure. One is a detective named Elmo Crumley. The other is a young man who sits all day at his typewriter pounding out stories that he sells to pulp magazines. The young writer and Detective Crumley believe these deaths were murders. And suddenly the killer is stalking them.
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