Private-investigator-to-the-stars Riley Fitzhugh findshimself caught up in the case of a missing Hollywood beauty—and a stolenMonet—in a 1930s hard-boiled caper as deadly as it is delightful.
Hollywood, 1934. Prohibition is finally over, but there isstill plenty of crime for an ambitious young private eye to investigate. Thoughhe has a slightly checkered past, Riley Fitzhugh is well connected in the filmindustry and is hired by a major producer—whose lovely girlfriend hasdisappeared. He is also hired to recover a stolen Monet, a crime that resultsin two murders … with more to come.
Along the way Riley investigates the gambling ships anchoredoff LA, gets involved with the girlfriend of the gangster running one of theships, disposes of the body of a would-be actor who assaults Riley’sgirlfriend, and meets an elegant English art history professor from UCLA whohelps him authenticate several paintings.
Living at the Garden of Allah Hotel, Riley meets and assistsmany Hollywood screenwriters, who frequent the hotel bar. Incidentally one ofthese gents, whose nom de plume is Hobey Baker, might actually be F. ScottFitzgerald.
Evoking the classic hard-boiled style, The Monet Murders is a charmingly cozy murder mystery by a novelistwhose “lucid, beautifully written books are a pleasure to read” (WallStreet Journal).