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She was just like a high-speed drive down Mulholland. Dangerous and full of curves!
Home from the War, hotshot reporter Tom Miller trades the frigid battlefields of Northern France for the warm sunshine and bright lights of Hollywood. Now dusting a chair at the Los Angeles Chronicle, Miller is looking to make his bones. He gets his chance after risking life and limb to rescue two endangered tykes from a brownstone inferno.
His bold heroics not only get him on the front page of every paper in town, but hot on the heels of a mysterious firebug who’s loose in the city. The trail leads him all over Tinseltown: from Beverly Hills and the Metropolitan Studios to Chino State prison and a seedy motel on the dark side of Los Angeles.
It also leads him into the arms of two very different women: Trudy Wilkes, a young ingenue looking to make her dreams of stardom come true; and Irene Faye, a sizzling blonde bombshell who will do anything to regain her career.
As he works overtime to track down the arsonist and break the story wide open, Miller finds himself being pulled deeper and deeper into the darker side of the Hollywood dream. In order to find the truth and get his man, he’s going to have to risk everything.
Including his life.
The City Burns at Night is the first book in the Hollywood Newshawk series, detailing the exploits of Tom Miller, hardboiled reporter in 1940s Los Angeles. If you like L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia, and Philip Marlowe, then you’ll love Roger Alford’s gritty mystery that effortlessly combines new pulp with a classic noir style.