PALACE OF LIGHT by Jacoba Atlas


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A stirring saga about early Hollywood and a star-crossed brother and sister. In 1912, Danny Miskin--called Danny the Red in the yellow press--is a fiery Bolshevik known for labor organizing all over America. He has to live most of his life on the run, because of his penchant for blowing up things--like, say, the Bank of America. His sister, Mirah, however, is a different story. She's the head of Mishkin Motion Pictures, a fledgling movie company that turns out one-reel "flickers," and has just moved to Los Angeles from New York City to challenge the big companies. Accompanying Mirah on the move is rich, handsome young Jameson Horgan, who is starring in the movies--as well as in Mirah's bed. All is going well until the unruly Danny decides to blow up tycoon Tyler Leland's favorite newspaper, the Los Angeles Herald Star. Danny is caught, and Mishkin Motion pictures gets a lot of bad publicity--but Danny's explosive trial will add a new twist to the affair. Very savvy on early filmmaking and rabble-rousing, less so on the niceties of a well-paced plot. But, in all, a generally engrossing, readable first effort for Atlas.

Pub Date: May 26th, 1989
ISBN: 525-24738-6
Publisher: Dutton
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