True Hollywood Noir by Dina Di Mambro Book Review

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True Hollywood Noir Filmland Mysteries and Murders Author Dina Di Mambro

True Hollywood Noir

This book contained the stories of various Hollywood artists and their murky pasts through fraud, adultery and even murder. Though I’m a little young to know every person covered in this book, I still found it to be an enjoyable read, especially when I did recognize a big Hollywood name. If you are looking for a specific name there is even a listing in the back of the book that you can use to find a page number for them.

This author goes along the route of presenting the facts and letting you decide what might have really happened. While I was expecting more of a story tale version of these events, I honestly preferred this method. I didn’t have to question whether the story was factual or manipulated to make it sound more exciting like you have to do with some similar books.

For the most part I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a little Hollywood history – like I do. I did have some moments of confusion during a few of the stories as we switched between whom the author was talking about – covering facts about relatives, friends or lovers who were involved. These were usually pretty quickly resolved in the next section of the book as the person was connected back to the original subject.

Overall, the book provided a fairly unbiased and enjoyable look into some major Hollywood mysteries and how they unfolded.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Hearts (Book Ratings Guide)

Book Ratings Guide

About the Book:

While viewers were captivated by the drama playing out on the silver screen, the lives of the stars of these film noir classics were often far more exciting. Uncover true stories of mystery and murder in a dozen different chapters featuring William Desmond Taylor, Thomas Ince, Jean Harlow, Thelma Todd, Joan Bennett, Lana Turner, George Reeves, Gig Young, Bob Crane, Natalie Wood, Robert Blake, and mobster Mickey Cohen. Included in the cast of characters of this book are Johnny Stompanato, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, and Charlie Chaplin. Find never before told mob stories about Ben “Bugsy” Siegel, Virginia Hill, and a host of notorious underworld figures.

From 1922 until 2001, explore some of Filmland’s most fascinating mysteries, scandals and murders …true Hollywood noir lived by the players behind the scenes. From the West Coast mob and city corruption intertwining with Hollywood mysteries on and off the screen, to the plots of noir films pulled from actual happenings in the underworld, get the stories behind the stories. Get the theories behind each case in this page-turner—then draw your own conclusions as to the truth behind some of the most prominent Hollywood mysteries.

  • Title: True Hollywood Noir
  • Author: Dina Di Mambro
  • Print: 229 pages
  • Publisher: The Cadence Group

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  1. judy gardner says:

    i like history of all kinds and i really llike the approach you said the author takes when telling each story. i believe i would really enjoy this book!

  2. laurie nykaza says:

    I love to know the history of some of the people in this book so interesting to read i’m sure

  3. Mandi Carlson says:

    I love books like this. It was almost like a secret society back in the day. And even today. I think it is fascinating how much they could get by with and how many put on a pretty face when they were really troubled.

  4. Ronald Robinson says:

    This is exactly the type of book my wife and I both enjoy, thanks for the review, we will definitely buy it now.

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