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J.R. SANDERS. Stardust Trail

J.R. SANDERS. Stardust Trail. Level Best Books/Historia. Trade paperback, 208 pages, $16.95. Amazon.

Against his better judgment, Hollywood-hating private investigator Nate Ross takes on a Tinseltown case in the spring of 1938. It sounds like a milk run; find an alcoholic screenwriter whose absence is stalling production on Republic Pictures’ latest Western. But when the missing rummy turns up dead, and Nate learns that somebody’s going to lethal lengths to keep Stardust Trail from being made, his simple case becomes far more complex, and deadly. He finds himself a stranger traveling in unfamiliar territory – the world of the B-movie cowboys – where the lines between the “reel” West and the real West blur as Nate wrangles a twisted case of murder and sabotage pointing back nearly forty years to a bloody, real-life, “wild West” crime.