By: Burnett, W.R.

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Book Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj

[a little soiling to bottom edges of covers, prior ownership information on front pastedown, signs of erasure on ffep; jacket is worn, with various tiny/shallow chips, some paper loss surrounding top of spine, and a 1-inch piece missing from base of spine]. A second-rate chanteuse in a third-rate Hollywood dive marries a charming stranger, a refined yet moody young Southern gentleman with (it turns out) a somewhat cloudy and troublesome past. Despite the geography, though, it's not a "Hollywood novel" in any sense -- the author never penned a contribution to that genre, despite long experience as a screenwriter. He does catch something of the seedy side of the town itself in the early part of the book, but the film business is so irrelevant to the goings-on that the story might as well be taking place in Wichita. It's an odd sort of Gothic/hardboiled hybrid: apart from a few forays to upscale locales like Romanoff's or Beverly Hills, most of the narrative unfolds in a big hillside mansion in Encino. The jacket illustration is by Barye Phillips, one of the top paperback cover artists of the era and equally renowned for his movie poster art. (Baird & Greenwood 362.)

Title: Romelle

Author: Burnett, W.R.

Illustrator: Illustrated by (dj) Barye Phillips

Categories: Fiction: Vintage,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1946

ISBN Number: NO

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj

Seller ID: 21391

Keywords: Hollywood Los Angeles Southern California Singers Nightclubs Marriage Blackmail Fiction: Vintage