I Should Have Stayed Home

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Black Mask, Nov 1, 2009 - Fiction - 124 pages
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Temptation and desire in Hollywood. Hard-boiled. Perverse! Ralph Carston, a handsome young man from Georgia, and roommate Mona Matthews work as extras and dream of Hollywood stardom when a courtroom fracas by Mona gives them a flash of notoriety. This leads to a swank Hollywood party and an introduction to Ethel Smithers, a rich older woman with a less than pure interest in Carston.

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User Review  - ParadisePorch - LibraryThing

McCoy wrote in the 1930s in a contemporary setting. This story revolves around Ralph, a small-town hick who’s come to Hollywood to break into pictures, and his roommate Mona who is equally desperate ... Read full review

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

McCoy's story of a naive Georgia boy trying to make it in Hollywood has that same desperate 1930s tone that pervades his other work, along with such books as Thieves Like Us and You Play the Black and ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Horace Stanley McCoy (1897-1955) was an American novelist whose gritty, hardboiled novels documented the hardships Americans faced during the Depression and post-war periods. McCoy grew up in Tennessee and Texas; after serving in the air force during World War I, he worked as a journalist, film actor, and screenplay writer, and is author of five novels including "They Shoot Horses, Don't They? "(1935) and the noir classic "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye "(1948). Though underappreciated in his own time, McCoy is now recognized as a peer of Dashiell Hammett and James Cain. He died in Beverly Hills, California, in 1955.

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