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Frames (The Valentino Series #1) (2008 original; edició 2008)

de Loren D. Estleman (Autor)

Sèrie: Valentino (1)

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"Enter Valentino, a mild-mannered UCLA film archivist. In the surreal world of Hollywood filmdom, truth is often stranger. than celluloid fiction. When Valentino buys a decrepit movie palace and uncovers a skeleton in the secret Prohibition basement, he's not really surprised. But he's staggered by a second discovery: long-lost, priceless reels of film - Erich von Stroheim's infamous Greed." "The LAPD wants to take the film as evidence, jeopardizing the precious old film. If Valentino wants to save his find, he has only one choice: solve the murder within seventy-two hours with the help of his mentor, the noted film scholar Broadhead, and Fanta, a feisty if slightly flaky young law student." "Between a budding romance with a beautiful forensics investigator and visions of Von Stroheim's ghost, Valentino's madcap race to save the flick is as fast and frenetic as a classic screwball comedy."--BOOK JACKET.… (més)
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Títol:Frames (The Valentino Series #1)
Autors:Loren D. Estleman (Autor)
Informació:Forge Books (2008), Edition: 1st, 272 pages
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    JohnWCuluris: A send-up of every cliché in the P.I. handbook; predecessor of this effort, though not the same characters.
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So, I probably shouldn't admit that I have absolutely no recollection of having read this book in 2008. No matter—it was a delightful cozy mystery starring a UCLA film archivist who buys an old movie theater in desperate need of renovation, in which he finds a lost movie . . . and a skeleton. ( )
  joyblue | Sep 4, 2020 |
I read this book next after finishing Comeback, the return of Richard Stark’s Parker, and in a way it seems appropriate. Westlake had balanced the hardcore Richard Stark books with the comic romps of a smalltime thief named Dortmunder, written under his own name. Estleman, whose best known for hardboiled P.I. Amos Walker, has branched out into Dortmunder territory with Frames. It’s not the first time. In 1991 Estleman wrote Peeper, a send-up of every cliché in the P.I. handbook. It took until 2008 for Valentino to show up, at least in novel form; he has been featured in many short stories. A film archivist, his love of movie history overwhelms practicality (both financial and realistic) the moment steps inside a neglected old movie theatre. He buys it, and promptly discovers the print of a long lost silent movie alongside the skeletal remains of a murder victim. Valentino finds himself forced to solve the murder before the LAPD confiscates the film as evidence, which he can’t allow because the print is in such a fragile state that improper handling would destroy it. A lighthearted and often humorous misadventure. ( )
  JohnWCuluris | Jun 21, 2016 |
Valentino is a film archivist at UCLA. On a whim he buys an old theater and in the basement he discovers a full copy of the long lost film Greed and a skeleton. Valentino races to solve the mystery before the LAPD harms the film by holding it as evidence. A fun mystery. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
This is a cute, fluff type mystery. Here we have Valentino - who buys an old, abandoned theatre. On inspection, he find a missing movie - all 10ish hours of it. And a body, that has been there as long as the movie reels.. Which brings the police. When the very fragile movie is wanted as evidence - its up to Valentino to solve the crime before the police confiscate his priceless find...

The book is fluff. Even the murder happened 50ish years ago - so none of the horror or unpleasantness of a more recent crime. The characters are cute, if a little cardboard. I do like the setting of Hollywood - it makes for a nice backdrop. The film as evidence seems to be a bit... farfetched. I can't see a police department potentially ruining what might be a lead simple due to procedure, plus... the evidence is already compromised when it was taken out of the room it was found in.

So, to sum up - Cute. Not too serious. Fun read, especially for a beach, but not much else. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Nov 16, 2014 |
Frames, by Loren D. Estleman, is his first novel featuring Valentino, a "film detective" (Estleman has written numerous short stories featuring this character, many of which can be found in EQMM, but this is the first full-length novel). Valentino (who has no first name, it appears) looks a bit like the silent film star of the same name, but he's living in contemporary Los Angeles, where he works at UCLA's film department as a sort of sleuth of old film. That is, he searches for and hopefully secures for the University long-lost film footage, adding to the history of that fabled, yet ephemeral, art. In Frames, he finds himself in the possession of a mouldering old movie palace, not quite sure how he came to acquire it, and even less sure about his decision when a skeleton turns up in the place. But along with the skeleton, there is what appears to be a complete copy of Erich von Stroheim's early silent masterpiece, "Greed," rumoured to be 8 or 10 hours long (as opposed to the studio-chopped version of four hours). Valentino, along with his mentor and friend, Professor Broadhead, decide to remove the film canisters before reporting the skeleton, which leads to numerous problems with the local police - who, happily enough for him, happen to include Harriet, a forensic scientist who he hopes will figure large in his life in the future.... This is a light-hearted story, despite the skeleton, and there's plenty of humour to go around, but also a great deal of Hollywood lore from almost a century past; Estleman knows his stuff, and to my delight he proves it by adding a serious bibliography concerning the silent film era in general, Stroheim's work specifically and "Greed" itself. Valentino is an engaging character, and the people with whom he surrounds himself are equally interesting. So, nothing terribly profound, but a whole lot of fun to read. Recommended, especially for film buffs! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Mar 5, 2012 |
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"Enter Valentino, a mild-mannered UCLA film archivist. In the surreal world of Hollywood filmdom, truth is often stranger. than celluloid fiction. When Valentino buys a decrepit movie palace and uncovers a skeleton in the secret Prohibition basement, he's not really surprised. But he's staggered by a second discovery: long-lost, priceless reels of film - Erich von Stroheim's infamous Greed." "The LAPD wants to take the film as evidence, jeopardizing the precious old film. If Valentino wants to save his find, he has only one choice: solve the murder within seventy-two hours with the help of his mentor, the noted film scholar Broadhead, and Fanta, a feisty if slightly flaky young law student." "Between a budding romance with a beautiful forensics investigator and visions of Von Stroheim's ghost, Valentino's madcap race to save the flick is as fast and frenetic as a classic screwball comedy."--BOOK JACKET.

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