Rhapsody in Blood
A Benjamin Justice Novel
By John Morgan Wilson
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312341473, 288pp.)
Publication Date: March 7, 2006
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Disgraced journalist Benjamin Justice, at loose ends between jobs, takes a short vacation with a friend, Los Angeles Times reporter Alexandra Templeton, to a movie set at a faded resort hotel in the California desert. The film being shot is about a star's death in the 1950's and the lynching of a local black man for the murder--the last lynching in California. But the set is in an uproar over the appearance--and then the brutal murder--of a feared Hollywood gossip journalist who had promised to reveal 'explosive' new information. Now Justice finds himself enmeshed in two old deaths and a new murder as he attempts to uncover the truth before another falls victim.
JOhn Morgan Wilson is the author of seven previous novels for which he won the Edgar Award and three Lambda Literary Awards. He lives in West Hollywood, California.