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Rhapsody in Blood (2006)
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Disgraced journalist Benjamin Justice, at loose ends between jobs, takes a short vacation with a friend, Los Angeles Times reporter Alexandra Templeton, to a movie set at a faded resort hotel in the California desert. The film being shot is about a star's death in the 1950's and the lynching of a local black man for the murder--the last lynching in California. But the set is in an uproar over the appearance--and then the brutal murder--of a feared Hollywood gossip journalist who had promised to reveal 'explosive' new information. Now Justice finds himself enmeshed in two old deaths and a new murder as he attempts to uncover the truth before another falls victim.
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"Benjamin Justice, a discredited former journalist, is at loose ends and between freelance jobs when he agrees to take a short trip with his close friend, Los Angeles Times reporter Alexandra Templeton. Together they drive to a faded resort hotel in a small, remote town known as Haunted Springs. Once a famous getaway for celebrities, in the 1950s it was the site of the violent death of Rebecca Fox, a Hollywood beauty, and the lynching of a local black man, Ed Jones, accused of her murder - the last lynching in California. Now a film is being made in Haunted Springs about these tragic events, which Templeton will report on for her newspaper while Justice settles in for a much-needed vacation away from his West Hollywood home." "But the film shoot turns out to be the production from hell. The unexpected appearance - and subsequent brutal murder - of feared Hollywood gossip writer Toni Pebbles throws the production into chaos. Suspicion and fear run rampant, adding to the greed, envy, romance, and other passions already sizzling among the cast and crew. Justice finds himself deeply enmeshed in the mystery of two old deaths and a new murder as he tries to uncover the truth buried in the dark history of Haunted Springs - before the killer strikes again."--BOOK JACKET.
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