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By George Axelrod

From the Academy Award nominated screenwriter of Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Manchurian Candidate comes a wide ranging tale of homicide and mischief… it is the tale of a big-game hunter, fisherman, fighter, customer to Cuba, under the influence of alcohol, and Nobel Prize-winning writer, lately deceased of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, whose ultimate unpublished manuscript may well fetch a mint… it is the tale of a quick, balding guy with a high-pitched voice and a vicious wit, whose cocktail events are the controversy of the city, specially whilst a stunning lady dies at one in all them… it is the tale of Hollywood’s sexiest starlet, who manages to hide issues even if she’s donning not anything yet a towel… …and it’s the tale of Dick Sherman, intrepid manhattan writer, at the path of the literary locate of the century – and the killer who will cease at not anything to maintain it from being came across.

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Her eyes told you nothing. Slowly, she stood up. “Dress,” he said. For a moment I thought she was going to resist and he was going to slap her again. I tried to speak but no words came out. My hands were icy cold and my shirt was soaked with sweat. Very slowly Jean Dahl took off her dress and handed it to him. Under it she was wearing a brassiere and half slip. He examined the black dress with his usual care. There was no hiding place where anything could possibly be hidden. Except the shields.

This is a delicate way of saying that I was the first man in Janis’ life. That was in 1940 and Janis was twenty-one. She’d had a season of summer stock at Provincetown and had come to New York that fall. She was living at one of those clubs for stagestruck girls on the upper west side. The thing we had in common was the theatre. The only difference was that Janis had talent. I had absolutely none. I had held two jobs, assistant stage manager for a successful Wiman show, and stage manager for a straight play that ran three nights.

I began to read the page of manuscript. I read the page very slowly. I examined the penciled writing between the lines and in the margins. By the time I had finished the page there was no question in my mind as to what I was reading. ” I asked, trying to be calm. “I’ve got the three hundred and forty-six pages that come after it, too,” she said. ” She reached over and gently plucked the yellow paper out of my hand. She folded it again and put it back in her purse. “I’ve got a book,” she said, “and I want to sell it.

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