Red Sky Lament by
pbk out February 06
Wright won the Crime Writers Associationís Debut Dagger with his first novel, Cleaís Moon, he followed that with the sequel The Silver Face. This third title again takes place in the United States in the late 1940s and features the same protagonist, John Ray Horn, a former B-movie cowboy star. Itís the McCarthyite era, the height of the Cold War and people from Hollywood are being summoned before the House of Un-American Activities Committee. Hornís ex-lover, Maggie OíDare, asks him to help a screenwriter friend of hers who is the victim of a smear campaign. He denies being a Communist Party member but needs to know who has given his name to HUAC, in order to mount a defence. Hornís investigation leads into the top echelons of the movie studios and inevitably into dangerous waters. Meanwhile in the Hollywood hills raging wild fires bring a different but equally deadly threat. Intelligently written with a commanding portrayal of the post-war era and some great characterisation Ė the fallen cowboy hero is a touch of genius.
author of the popular Sal Kilkenny mysteries and the series creator of TV Blue Murder)