Item description for Goodbye Evilwood: The Murders in Tinseltown by Vladimir Chernozemsky...
Psychological Murder Mystery with star struck players caught in a tangled, dangerous Hollywood underworld. Based on his own experiences and those of others, author Chernozemsky creates a murderous spin on reality -- a stark, behind-the-scenes story of greed, corruption, deadly jealousy and decadent morals of the rich, famous and powerful -- as told by the author who lived through it all. In Hollywood, if you turn on the spotlights bright enough, all sorts of nasty creatures crawl out from behind fake rocks and painted scenery bent on the destruction of all who stand in their paths to glory.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2006
Publisher Triumvirate Publications
ISBN 1932656049 ISBN13 9781932656046
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More About Vladimir Chernozemsky
Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Vladimir Chernozemsky came under intense political scrutiny while working as a documentary director and poet in Sofia. With Communist State Security agents after him for espionage, Chernozemksy made a harrowing escape to the West. From then on he was constantly on the move -- Paris, Rome, Casablanca, Algiers -- eventually receiving asylum and citizenship in the United States. Chernozemsky is the author of 47 novels, plays and screenplays written by him in five different languages. For his poems in French he has been praised as "the new Paul Verlaine." He has been hailed for his novels as "an exceptional literary talent" (MBR/Bookwatch) and "a talented, accomplished writer" (Bookviews). Chernozemsky is also known for his translations of other works, and as an actor, painter and film/stage director.
Vladimir Chernozemsky currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.
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Reviewed by Barb Radmore Jan 25, 2007
Good bye Evilwood is at its best as a psychological thriller. Its plot twists are generous and plentiful. It is a study in characters that actually behave to match their personalities, unfortunately these are not nice characters. The natural inclination to think the best of people does not serve the reader well in solving this story. The author has worked extensively in the world of Hollywood drama. This lends a realistic edge to this murder mystery.
The tale is told in chapters that are told in either the voice of the main character, Peter Arvad, or by the investigating officer, Charlie Reason (cute name). Inter mixed are the other sections "To Whom it May Concern" which steps outside of the first person to other first person additions from different characters. A woman has been murdered, but exactly who she is becomes increasingly complex. The motive for her murder is equally convoluted. As the voices of the various characters are heard, a story of intrigue, hidden actions and murder is told in vivid detail. A wide cast makes muddied ripples on the scenes, each with a wave to add to the sea of mystery. As the story's tide gets higher and higher, the plot expands and swells.
Vladimir Chernozemsky has had a varied career in Bulgaria, Europe and United States, where he now lives. His background includes playwright and screen writer. It is these influences that come out most clearly in Goodbye Evilwood. It reads more as a play than a novel. The author is able to both the action and the thoughts of the characters without lessening its effect on the plot. Since it is often told in the first person this is quite a feat.
A suspenseful page-turner that does not let up until the very end. Dec 10, 2006
Bulgarian-born author Vladimir Chernozemsky, whose work as a documentary director and poet roused the ire of Communist State Security agents and induced him to seek asylum and citizenship in the U.S., presents Goodbye Evilwood, a dark and sensual murder mystery about a ruthless power struggle behind the scenes in Hollywood. Based strongly on Chernozemsky's own experiences and those of others, Goodbye Evilwood resonates with the negative repercussions of decadent morals, greed, and the obsessions of the rich and powerful. A suspenseful page-turner that does not let up until the very end.
Gregg Haughland ,Allbooks highly recommends for mystery fans. Nov 19, 2006
Genre: Murder Mystery Title: GOODBYE EVILWOOD AUTHOR: Vladimir Chernozemsky "It all began with the death of a ballerina..." is how the book is publicized; however you soon realize that the ballerina was not the target at all.
The story centers around Peter Arvad, a modestly successful director who has taken on work teaching acting at school in Hollywood in the sixties. He befriends a couple of young boys from South America and a voluptuous young actress - and sometimes his involvement with them takes on a little more than a teacher / student relationship. He's on thin ground with his older and devoted wife and soon finds himself lost in search for his own meaning. When the ballerina is found dead in the apartment of his female student, suspicions fly on who was the intended victim, and who would want to do her in. The mystery unravels from there.
The author presents this novel with an interesting writing style - multiple first person (based on chapter heading) and some third person for context. The characters are well developed and depicted in an almost film noir fashion. Whether intentional or not, as you are drawn into the story you get the feeling you are really watching an early sixties movie. As indicated by the author, the story is fiction but drawn from much of Mr. Chernozemsky's life in Hollywood.
Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Vladimir Chernozemsky came under intense political scrutiny while working as a documentary director and poet. Vladimir made a harrowing escape to the West, constantly on the move from Paris to Rome to Casablanca - eventually receiving asylum and citizenship in the US. Vladimir is the author of 47 novels, plays and screenplays written in five languages.He has been hailed for his novels as "an exceptional literary talent" (MBR/Bookwatch) and "a talented accomplished writer" (Bookviews). Vladimir is also known for his translations of other works, and as an actor, painter and film/stage director.
A good read once you get past the writing style. The setting and development of the Hollywood scene alone makes it worthwhile. Highly recommended for mystery buffs and those interested in the historical aspects of Hollywood. Available at all major online booksellers ($24.95) Reviewer: Gregg J. Haugland, Allbooks Reviews
novel probes the dark underside of Hollywood and its denizens Nov 7, 2006
In "Goodbye Evilwood," Chernozemsky shows a different side of his talent. Previous novels have been historical fiction and fantasy fiction of much wider scope for a colorful play of the author's fertile imagination nourished by his extensive background in the arts and literature in Europe and the U. S. "Goodby Evilwood," by contrast, is basically a crime novel with its characters in defined, familiar settings and roles and the controlled plotting of the genre. The mystery proceeds with elements of police procedure and psychological thriller largely through the activities and minds of Peter Arvad, an acquaintance of the murdered young woman, and the Detective Charlie Reason. As in the previous novels, "Goodbye Evilwood" grew out of an experience of Chernozemsky's; in this case, his work as an actor in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. The novel is a "spin on [the] reality" of the betrayals and crimes in the upper levels of the entertainment field. As with the current movies "Black Dahlia" and "Hollywoodland" to which it is related, this latest work by Chernozemsky draws back a veil on the ever-captivating and sensational, glamorous yet treacherous world of Hollywood.
What a tangled web we weave Oct 2, 2006
What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. And who is more deceptive than the actors of Hollywood? Aren't they in the business of deception, acting the parts of a lifetime? In Vladimir Chernozemsky's latest novel, "Goodbye Evilwood," the deception is murderous.
Peter Arvad is an instructor at an acting school in Hollywood. He frequently spends a good deal of time with his students, outside of the classroom. Some, more than others; sometimes, in not so respectable situations. When a young woman shows up dead in one of his student's apartments, the law is obviously interested in how he could be involved. When he lies about the identification of the young woman, suspicion rises even more. Likely this action could be part of a cover up, but why and to what end? Peter is involved all right, for he knows all of the key players in this mystery. Some, more than others.
Chernozemsky has done it again. His careful attention to detail and the intricacies of creating a twisted, intense plot pay off tremendously. While this particular book is based on real life events, Vladimir's own experiences, the tale could not be told without his storytelling prowess. The reader's attention is held captive right to the very end. Head hopping between the main characters gives one insight to not just the actions of the plot but also the reasoning behind those actions. This murder mystery is a psychological ride on the Tinseltown roller coaster of greed, envy and jealousy. Bravo! Encore! Review by Heather Froeschl.