Death is a Lonely Business by Ray BradburyDeath is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury

Death is a Lonely Business

byRay Bradbury

Paperback | February 9, 1999

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Ray Bradbury, the undisputed Dean of American storytelling, dips his accomplished pen into the cryptic inkwell of noir and creates a stylish and slightly fantastical tale of mayhem and murder set among the shadows and the murky canals of Venice, California, in the early 1950s.

Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer (who bears a resemblance to the author) spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter. Trying not to miss his girlfriend (away studying in Mexico), the nameless writer steadily crafts his literary effort--until strange things begin happening around him.

Starting with a series of peculiar phone calls, the writer then finds clumps of seaweed on his doorstep. But as the incidents escalate, his friends fall victim to a series of mysterious "accidents"--some of them fatal. Aided by Elmo Crumley, a savvy, street-smart detective, and a reclusive actress of yesteryear with an intense hunger for life, the wordsmith sets out to find the connection between the bizarre events, and in doing so, uncovers the truth about his own creative abilities.

“The protagonist is Bradbury himself, as a young writer and amateur sleuth...His pursuit of the killer stalking theneighborhood’s old eccentrics obsessed with the past opens up their private world...This rampant nostalgia also applies to the author, who bestows on his younger self the ideas and insights that would grow into his classic...
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Title:Death is a Lonely BusinessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.6 inPublished:February 9, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380789655

ISBN - 13:9780380789658

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Date published: 2018-01-03

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As an isolated young writer’s writing progresses, he and his friends begin to notice an increase in strange -- and sometimes deadly -- events. Ray Bradbury places himself as the protagonist, a young novelist into Death is a Lonely Business. The phenomenal author of such classics as Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Martian Chronicles enjoys a prolific career with legions of fans devoted to Bradbury’s chilling and original fiction.

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“The protagonist is Bradbury himself, as a young writer and amateur sleuth...His pursuit of the killer stalking theneighborhood’s old eccentrics obsessed with the past opens up their private world...This rampant nostalgia also applies to the author, who bestows on his younger self the ideas and insights that would grow into his classic stories.” (PublishersWeekly)