A Deed of Death: The Story Behind the Unsolved Murder, in 1922, of the Celebrated Hollywood Director, William Desmond Taylor
Three unpublished typescripts of A Deed of death submitted to Alfred A. Knopf, publishers, New York, 1989, two of which bear the title The Taylor murder case with half-title A deed of death which became the published title. All copies include editorial notations. Three additional unpublished typescripts on the death of Taylor were apparently used by Giroux in his research for the book: Who killed William Desmond Taylor? by King Vidor, Who killed Bill (authorship undetermined), and one untitled work by Douglas J. Whitton. All three have notations, apparently by Giroux. These typescripts are included in the papers of Giroux located at Loyola University New Orleans.
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Decent account of the murder of silent film Director William Desmond Taylor. A bigger picture often bubbles to the surface of the page; the early days of Hollywood. Fascinating subject, and if you're into that, this book will provide some interesting insight. While most would find this to be book filler to pad out the mystery, it seemed to help with the tapestry of the era as backdrop and the murder itself. Not sure if this is the be all, end all solution to the puzzle, that may never be solved, but a solid theory. Decent read.
I knew Robert Giroux as a friend and mentor..he loved Mabel Normand and the copy of his book which he gave to me inscribed when published has no blurb such as the one you are using here.I think judging the man as I knew him to be he would not be pleased with yours.Please show me documented proof that my aunt,Mabel Normand was a drug addict.
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