The Dead Circus: A Novel

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002 - Fiction - 323 pages
3 Reviews
It's 1986. Gene Burk is an ex-cop, a fanatical record collector and private eye. Devastated by the death of his fiancee, a flight attendant, in a plane crash, Gene becomes obsessed with an unsolved mystery from his days with the LAPD: the death of up-and-coming rockabilly star Bobby Fuller. As Gene attempts to reconstruct the circumstances that led to Fuller's demise, he is unexpectedly contacted by a woman from his fiancee's hometown, a survivor of the Manson Family who needs Gene's help to escape her past. Her last link to Manson is a startling body of evidence of the Family's evil and madness - evidence that several depraved individuals, including Gene's corrupt ex-partner, would love to get their hands on at any cost.
As Gene travels back in history to the moment Manson partied alongside Bobby Fuller and the Beach Boys, he lays bare Los Angeles in the sixties, its relative innocence, and its seedy underbelly, and uncovers how those currents have shaped not just history but his own life and those of the people he loves.
  

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User Review  - Brian Hoff - Goodreads

There were some wonderful lines of prose buried within this mixture of flashbacks, facts about the sixties music scene and pop culture and hollywood happenings, too many facts in fact, which ultimately made it difficult to find the rhythm of the story. Read full review

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

Very interesting. Sometimes hard to follow as there are a lot of flashbacks and whatnot, but all in all, great book. I definitely recommend it. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
16
Section 4
34
Section 5
51
Section 6
64
Section 7
67
Section 8
84
Section 15
170
Section 16
174
Section 17
186
Section 18
188
Section 19
209
Section 20
223
Section 21
234
Section 22
252

Section 9
86
Section 10
100
Section 11
111
Section 12
114
Section 13
139
Section 14
153
Section 23
275
Section 24
292
Section 25
294
Section 26
324
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About the author (2002)

A native of Southern California, John Kaye has been a journalist, a playwright, and a screenwriter on films including American Hot Wax and Where the Buffalo Roam. He made his directorial debut with Along for the Ride, starring Melanie Griffith.

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