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Death of a Blue Movie Star Mass Market Paperback – Oct 31 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Oct. 31 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055358295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553582956
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When a porno movie theater is blown up in Times Square, 21-year-old film production assistant Rune (no last name given) decides that this is the chance to realize her dream of making her own film. Using the bombing as a hook for a documentary on pornography, she interviews Shelly Lowe, a major porn star. Rune is just getting into the film when another explosion kills Shelly. Evidence points to a religious cult, but Rune teams up with a quirky bomb squad detective, Sam Healy, to discover the real murderer. Since Rune's method of operation is unorthodox (including breaking into offices and buying false IDs), Sam extricates her from some bizarre predicaments and then becomes her lover. Rune's pursuit of the killer takes her behind the scenes of legitimate theater and into the seamy world of pornography. She is an offbeat heroine with a mixture of spunk and naivete. Deaver ( Manhattan Is My Beat ) writes compellingly about New York's sordid side, but his portrayal of Shelly as a gifted actress and aspiring playwright is hard to credit. Still, his fast-paced whodunit is saved by surprising twists near the end.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The author creates a great sense of atmosphere, enhanced with vivid imagery and well-defined characters."
-- Rendezvous

"Highly original and very entertaining."
-- Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Don't miss Jeffery Deaver's other gripping novels featuring his unforgettable heroine Rune
"[Rune] is a breath of fresh air!"
-- Booklist

Manhattan Is My Beat

"Highly original and very entertaining."
-- Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

and look for:

The Lesson Of Her Death
Mistress Of Justice

Available from Bantam Books
And the third Rune mystery:

Hard News

"Peerless entertainment."
-- Kirkus Reviews

Coming soon from Bantam Books!

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
DEATH OF A BLUE MOVIE STAR is a follow up to MANHATTAN IS MY BEAT, both books featuring the character of Rune, an aspiring film maker with a nose for trouble. This time around Rune is working for an agency that makes bad commercials and good documentaries. While out and about she witnesses a bombing of a pornography theatre and decides to use footage of the scene as a springboard for her first ever documentary. Her look into the life of a porn star takes a twist when the subject of her film is killed in a subsequent explosion that appears to be one in a series initiated by religious zealots. Rune becomes determined to find the killer and along the way she strikes a romance with the lead cop, makes a film, and gets herself caught right smack in the middle of all the killing.
In classic Deaver fashion there are some dizzying plot flips that keep you guessing from page to page. However Rune is no Lincoln Rhyme and the weakness of her character curses the book as a whole. She is naive and whimsical to say the least and thus unbelievable. The reader has to believe that she would have been killed just as a result of the law of averages. As a character, her survival skills are questionable at best.
The book starts off great but lags through the middle chapters. The pockets of action and intrigue are not enough to make up for lulls. However the book ends spectacularly and therefore the novel ends up being worth the read. It is a better than average suspense book but it is also not the best of Deaver. Don't expect the same chills you got in DEVILS TEARDROP, COFFIN DANCER, OR THE LESSONS OF HER DEATH. Overall a solid three star read.
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When I first started to go back and read Jeffery Deaver's older novels, I was not sure where the character Rune fit in. This character is so off from the rest of Deaver's characters that most reader have come to expect. However this wildly dressed, mostly unemployed young woman with the Peter Pan "I will never grow up" attitude toward life has a tendency to grow on you. The reader starts to like her more and more with every page turned.
"Death of A Blue Movie Star" finds Rune working for a production company that does good documentries and bad commercials. On her way to work Rune is a witness to the bombing of a adult movie theater. This gets Rune to thinking that a documentary on the bombings is a good idea. She borrows the equipment from work and befriends Shelly Lowe, and adult movie actress whose film was showing in the theater. Then a second bomb goes and takes the actress with it and Rune is thrown into a murder mystery that takes her through the wide range of suspects. She also befriends and falls in love with Sam Healy a NYPD bomb unit officer. Will Rune find the killer and get her movie made is the main theme of the novel.
Once again Deaver uses many sub plots and motives for the bad guys, which makes for a gripping ending. Rune is much more well rounded in this novel from the first and is not as irritatiing. Maybe Deaver is letting her grow up a little in this one, but she still is the same Rune. This is a strong solid read for any Deaver fan.
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This is the second Rune novel. I was quite impressed with the first one, but this second one literally blew me away!
Rune is an absolutely great character. She is likeable, amusing, and great company. Deaver's writing is puncy, to the point, and exciting. I found myself turning the pages rapidly.
the plot is really good, as always with a Deaver novel. there is also some emotion packed in with it. There is excitement, tension, intrigue...all the things you need to make a good thriller. these Rune books are really easy, they're light, too, but not over simple. I find them even more pageturners than his normal stuff. i don't know why...i just really cant wait to find out whats going to happen and why. the characters are compelling and the plot great.
i really cannot describe what i like so much about this series, but i absolutely love it! It is a breath of fresh air, and i am really sad that there is only one book left. i really hope Deaver writes another Rune book sometimes, because this really is a great series.
With "Death os A Blue Movie Star" he creates his usual complex plot, and packs it with stuff. it's fast paced, and fairly races along to what is an absolutely stunning climax, in true Deaver style. As always, there are several twists throughout the book, and its great fun trying to guess what they'll be...and i was not right once!
Deaver is the best thriller/suspense writer out there. I love his books to pieces.
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This is the second of the Deaver reissues in the "Rune" series. A third, HARD NEWS, is set to be released soon. That said Deaver delivers another brilliant soft mystery.
Rune is once again in the middle of trouble! This time she is walking sown the street when a bomb goes off in a porno theatre, nearly killing her. Our heroine can't pass up a chance to find out what is going on so she eavesdrops and finds out a cult, the Sword of Jesus, is claiming responsibility and warning of six other bombings.
Rune befriends the lead cop and a porno actress and together they try and solve why these bombings are taking place and who is doing them. Deaver's twists and turns are in full force here.
The ending alone is worth the price of the about a shocker. Waiting anxiously for HARD NEWS and any other Deaver reissues.
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