The Pictures, Guy Bolton

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 Hollywood 1939. The year that The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind were made. Detective Craine has spent his life working as a studio fixer, whitewashing the misdemeanours and crimes committed by the studio players and stars. But now he’s trying to turn his back on that life following the recent death of his wife as he’s determined to be a better parent to his young son.

But then Craine’s services are called upon one last time. MGM need him to smooth over the press coverage of the suicide of one of their producers. And soon, what should be a straightforward case proves anything but when connections are made between it and a brutal murder across town. And that’s just the start of the story.

It’s only a matter of time before Craine must decide whether to follow orders, or to attempt to redeem a career of concealment by going in search of the ugly truth. It’s a choice he knows that cannot end well.

The Pictures is a dazzling debut from a new but well accomplished author named Guy Bolton. Since reading this impeccable novel my love for the 30’s/40’s has only increased more and this is thanks to the authors compulsive writing but also the gripping story line; it is a novel set in Los Angeles in 1939 and it is breathtaking. It features a host of glamourous stars we all know and love, it features rotten corruption and crime but it also features a great amount of heart and excitement. To say I adored this novel is an understatement, I loved it! Seriously, this book has incorporated everything I love about literature and the world. I adore older decades, I adore classical Hollywood and lastly I adore incredibly written stories! Here is a little bit more about this enchanting novel.

The Pictures follows our protagonist Detective Jonathan Craine. Craine works for the LAPD however he has unofficially been employed by them to work as a ‘fixer’ for the Hollywood studios. Craine bails actors out of jail after a DUI, and he covers up instances of domestic violence amongst the most famed MGM’s stars as well as many other happenings. However since the death of his wife who also happened to be a lesser known actress, he has had a change of heart and wants out of the business. He soon returns to the LAPD but only if he cannot do this job anymore. When a famed MGM producer is found dead of an apparent suicide in his apartment, Craine is once again pulled in to help the studio and ease the press. Craine usually does what he is told and does not think much of the crimes he covers up but this is until a young detective keeps pressing Craine with questions and inconsistencies in the case. So soon Craine decides to do a little bit of investigating himself and he soon discovers something shocking and this is where our gritty, noir inspired fiction novel begins.

This novel is a dark, violent, gritty brutal read that is atmospheric and compelling all at the same time. It is a fascinating look at old Hollywood and a fascinating look at a time when the studio bosses controlled everything in LA – even the police. It is a novel that will keep you hooked and intrigued until the very end and this is all down to Bolton’s compelling storytelling.

This may be a debut novel but it is still a compelling and gripping story from an author that is well accomplished. Bolton’s story was brilliant, I adored his narrative and adored how this novel contained so many twists and turns. Once you felt like you knew where the story was going out author would change the course dramatically and for this I was hooked.

The pacing did not once become slow, the progression of the novel and its narrative was head fast, so much so that I read this novel in just two days! What hooked me so much besides the incredible plot, narrative and writing was the impeccable world building. I adore the old times as I have mentioned previously and I adored Bolton’s 1939 Hollywood. He conveyed the mood and setting perfectly and it made me fall in love.

To conclude my thoughts on The Pictures I would say if you adore fast paced mystery novels which is also a historical fiction novel then you will adore this! It is a dramatic, violent and somewhat emotional read. Above all of that it is a tremendously exciting read and for that I have to give this novel Four Stars!

Thank you so much as ever for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much. Please do comment below your thoughts on this novel and whether you could see yourself reading it; I would love to know! Also please do comment whether you too are obsessed with old Hollywood and whether you adore historical fiction novels that have a crime/mystery theme. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! If you have loved what you have read and want to buy the wonderful novel then you can click the buy on amazon button and it will take you straight to Amazon U.K.! If you are international then click the Book Depository link underneath it! Thank you so much again for reading!

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Publisher; One World – Point Blank


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