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1930s Hollywood. Discredited LAPD detective Chris Blanchard is hired by MGM Studios mogul Louis B. Mayer and stumbles into a murder. His hunt for the killer uncovers a blackmail scheme by the Nazi-infested German American Bund that could result in the deaths of thousands. More bodies fall and hidden truths emerge as Blanchard battles his way through life-threatening twists that lead to dead ends, near-disasters and deals that convert enemies to partners-in-crime.


“…sharp-edged noir…(Chris) Blanchard, a character Chandler would recognize, deserves a series of his own.”–Publishers Weekly Starred review.

“…a superb Depression Era Hollywood Noir. (Chris) Blanchard is a tough protagonist who does not take prisoners. … Readers will enjoy this 1930s thriller as the MGM major and minor leagues star system comes across in living color (even if the movies were mostly black and white).”–The Thrilling Detective

“…a nostalgic, wisecracking, action-packed romp filled with an insider’s knowledge of show business and the movie star gossip mill.”–Joseph Wambaugh

“…a lethal crime cocktail that mixes Hollywood fact and fiction with a master storyteller’s magic wand”–William Link


A RHUMBA IN WALTZ TIME is the best-selling, Derringer award-winning author Robert S. Levinson’s ninth crime novel. His short stories are featured regularly in the Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock mystery magazines and various anthologies, including ITW’s own THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS. He turned to writing mysteries and thrillers following years as an upper echelon insider in the entertainment industry.

To learn more about Robert, please visit his website.