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The Resource Curtain call, or, The distinguished thing : a novel, Anthony Quinn

Curtain call, or, The distinguished thing : a novel, Anthony Quinn

Label
Curtain call, or, The distinguished thing : a novel
Title
Curtain call, or, The distinguished thing
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Anthony Quinn
Title variation
  • Curtain call
  • Distinguished thing
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On a sultry afternoon in the summer of 1936 a woman accidentally interrupts an attempted murder in a London hotel room. Nina Land, a West End actress, faces a dilemma : she's not supposed to be at the hotel in the first place, and certainly not with a married man. But once it becomes apparent that she may have seen the face of the man the newspapers have dubbed 'the Tie-Pin Killer' she realises that another woman's life could be at stake. Jimmy Erskine is the raffish doyen of theatre critics who fears that his star is fading: age and drink are catching up with him, and in his late-night escapades with young men he walks a tightrope that may snap at any moment. He has depended for years on his loyal and longsuffering secretary Tom, who has a secret of his own to protect. Tom's chance encounter with Madeleine Farewell, a lost young woman haunted by premonitions of catastrophe, closes the circle: it was Madeleine who narrowly escaped the killer's stranglehold that afternoon, and now walks the streets in terror of his finding her again. Curtain Call is a comedy of manners, and a tragedy of mistaken intentions. From the glittering murk of Soho's demi-monde to the grease paint and ghost-lights of theatreland, the story plunges on through smoky clubrooms, tawdry hotels and drag balls towards a denouement in which two women are stalked by the same killer. As bracing as a cold Martini and as bright as a new tie-pin, it is at once a deeply poignant love story, a murder mystery and an irresistible portrait of a society dancing towards the abyss
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1964-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Quinn, Anthony
Dewey number
823.9
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6117.U36
LC item number
C87 2015
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nineteen thirties
  • Actresses
  • Theater critics
  • Secrecy
  • Murderers
  • Love affairs
  • Great Britain
  • London (England)
Label
Curtain call, or, The distinguished thing : a novel, Anthony Quinn
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9780224099585
Lccn
2014495743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn900622889
  • (OCoLC)900622889
Label
Curtain call, or, The distinguished thing : a novel, Anthony Quinn
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9780224099585
Lccn
2014495743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn900622889
  • (OCoLC)900622889

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