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Obras de Casey Sherman


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
c. 1970
Local de nascimento
Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA
investigative journalist



I expected to read a story about a tragic event in the life of Lana Turner, but I got more than that from Casey Sherman’s new book. I was absolutely engrossed in the story and learned so much about old Hollywood. Lana Turner was one of my mother’s favorite actresses and I remember discussing the murder of Johnny Stompanato with her years ago when Cheryl Crane wrote a book about it.

Sherman’s story ties in the Hollywood mob world that Johnny Stompanato was a part of and connects it with Lana Turner and other Hollywood stars. There are also some quite spicy tidbits about stars from that era included in the story.

As for Lana, Sherman includes her family background and how she rose to stardom. Unlucky in love and child-bearing, Lana had a long and successful career. Lana and her daughter Cheryl managed to get past Johnny’s murder and go back to their lives as best they could. What was so sad to me is that Cheryl was exposed to so many of her mother’s lovers and not all were decent men.

Sad to say, but Johnny got what was coming to him and his death probably saved many others from a lot of misery.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for allowing me to read an advance copy. I am happy to recommend this and give my honest review.
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tamidale | outras 2 resenhas | Feb 20, 2024 |
A Murder In Hollywood: The Untold Story of Tinseltown's Most Shocking Crime by Casey Sherman is a true crime novel about screen star Lana Turner, her daughter Cheryl Crane, and the murder of Lana's mobster boyfriend Johnny Stompanato. I give this four stars!

I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts, but I don't generally read a lot of non-fiction or true crime books. However, when I saw this, I just had to request an early copy from Sourcebooks. A movie lover, I've always been fascinated by the glory days of Old Hollywood...it also helps that Imitation of Life is my mom's favorite movie, so a biography of its star was definitely a high priority for me.

The first half of the book alternates between the life, loves, and career of Lana Turner and a history of the mob. I personally could have done without the history of Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel, or most of the other details about the mob, although it does have a bearing on Lana's story. I just felt that the history could have started with Johnny Stampanato and Mickey Cohen without everything that came before them. Lana's chapters I found much more riveting, with her many marriages and budding career...but that's really the part that interests me.

Well-researched and eloquently written, I did really enjoy this and gave it four stars. Lana's daughter, Cheryl Crane, didn't have a huge part in the overall story, although there were pieces of her life that came to the forefront at different times and the trial and aftermath were explored well.

I do want to note that there are trigger warnings for (of course) murder and stabbing, but also for abuse (sexual, physical, and emotional). If you are also averse to mentions of smoking or drinking, then proceed with caution.

All in all, this was a fascinating read about Old Hollywood, family secrets, and love gone wrong. Casey Sherman tells a great story and I'm definitely going to look up his other books!

Thank you to @NetGalley and @Sourcebooks for a digital copy for review consideration. All opinions are honest and my own.
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SassyCassi | outras 2 resenhas | Feb 13, 2024 |
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David-Block | outras 22 resenhas | Aug 13, 2023 |



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