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Clea's Moon Hardcover – 20 Feb 2003

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st edition edition (20 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752852892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752852898
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 3.1 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,872,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An excellent first novel, with a beguiling central character, that has the reader yearning for more' -- Oscar Tame, 'Books of the Year', in Publishing News

'Excellent, exciting first novel, packed with period detail, written from the heart and suffused with rare feeling' -- Literary Review

'Winner of the Debut Dagger... and it certainly deserves such a distinction...a satisfying read... so well-written and honest in its style of story-telling' -- Tangled Web

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Evocative post-World War II crime novel set in LA, starring ex-movie-star and now debt-collector John Ray Horn, and his partner Joseph Mad Crow.

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Very enjoyable, well-researched thriller set in the underbelly of 1940s boom-town Los Angeles. The story's other great asset is its interesting protagonist, a one-time entertainer who has fallen on hard times, and who carries the story with style. An excellent crime debut.
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A great crime novel with a well-evoked setting - LA in the late 40s - and an appealing protagonist : ex B-movie western star John Ray Horn, or 'Sierra Lane' as was, now reduced to collecting debts for his casino-owning former movie sidekick Joseph Mad Crow, after a spell in prison made Horn unemplyable in Hollywood.

The sense of period and place is superbly done, capturing the sprawling expansion of LA after the war, as concrete and tarmac cover what used to be orange groves and canyons where coyotes roamed. Horn is suitably down-at-heel, but possesses the steely and understated stoicism of the best Chandler-esque heroes of 40s fiction and film, like a Bogart character taken out of a film noir and put on the page.

There's even a pleasing nod to 'The Big Sleep', as Horn goes to 'Geiger's bookstore' on the trail of the men who took some obscene photos - including one of Clea, Horns' stepdaughter - after Horn's friend Scotty finds the photos in his dead father's safe. Soon after, Scotty is discovered dead in an apparent suicide, and Clea goes missing...

The writing is confident and assured, and all the more impressive for being a debut novel, and I've already ordered the author's next two.
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This is an excellent read. Edward Wright nicely conjures up a changing LA in the late 1940s (comparable to the way George Pelecanos evokes 1940s Washington in 'The Big Blowdown'). His two central characters - John Ray Horn and Mad Crow, former B-movie actors - are well drawn and believable. The next two books in the series - 'The Silver Face' and 'Red Sky Lament' - are just as good.
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This is a great bit of writing - the author really immerses you in the period, and tells a gripping story. The main characters - ex B-movie stars, a cowboy and an Indian fallen on hard times - leap off the page. The tale is told with dry wit and a lot of heart, but doesn't pull its punches. Easy to see why it's won prizes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a book with my name in it. 27 Mar. 2014
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I read it years ago but lost the book in a move, now I have it sitting on my shelf. It is a very well written book, Historical Thriller-Drama
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 1 Jun. 2005
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John Horn is a very interesting, fully dimensional character set in post-War Los Angeles who respects women, children and horses. To the author's credit, he has provided his character a strong supporting cast as well. Add to that an interesting plot, very good dialogue, a wonderful sense of LA during the time and you have a well-paced, excellent story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Knockout Debut! 2 Dec. 2012
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I read this awhile back, but i was really impressed, even more so when I found out it was Wright's debut. He really should be better known but his output is not as steady as many other writers and up until now has only written five books (three in the John Ray Horn series). I read this thinking the author must have many other books because the writing style is so mature, the characters so well constructed, and the mystery so intriguing, it must be a veteran detective author. Instead it turns out he is a journalist, which makes sense, and this novel deserves the many awards it has won.

John Ray Horn is a washed up B-movie cowboy star, but after having served a prison term he is now working as a strong arm for his past co-star, Joseph Mad Crow (think The Lone Ranger working for Tonto, basically). He is living very simply and kind of off the grid when he is asked to look into a situation involving photos a friend has found with young girls in provocative situations. Soon Horn is searching for his own stepdaughter, a precocious girl named Clea, who has become (he believes) mixed up in these sordid events. Eventually murder and all sorts of problems have come up, and Horn has to rely on his fists and know how to get things done. What follows is a great mystery suspense thriller set in post-war Hollywood.

Wright does an exceptional job with the historical aspects of the story, you feel like you are there, without it being too over the top. The idea of a old cowboy star being the detective is great, and his characterization is exceptional (as are those of all the other personalities that pop up in the book). There is a great plot here with a huge "Chinatown" vibe (LA reeks corruption and sleaziness through the book) and the entire thing is well written. Can't recommend this enough to fans of classic private eyes in historical settings.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery, captures the setting beautifully 6 Aug. 2013
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If you want to find a protagonist that's flawed and funny and fixated on seeing something to a satisfactory conclusion, read this book. If you want to read about an L.A. and San Fernando Valley that's blundering about on an unstoppable growing spurt of new houses and new subdivisions, yet the quirky and one of a kind places, the dark and seedy places are still around, you'll want to read this book. "Clea's Moon" will enthrall you from the first page, and the rest ain't bad, either. John Horn is a man on a mission, and just like him, you'll find yourself disliking it and the reasons for it. But when you're a faded, second-rate cowboy movie star, you know how to plow ahead even if the going's ain't good.

John Horn, Maggie, Clea, the Indian, the San Fernando Valley, L.A. -- fully drawn characters, yeah, even the city -- that will capture your interest and keep it throughout the book.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut 9 July 2004
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This is one of those novels that leaves you wondering why the guy hasn't been writing books since he was sixteen or something. It's a detective story, yes, a private eye novel with all of the atmosphere and intellegence that the genre requires to be well done. It's also a wonderful period piece and a decent picture of Hollywood's past.
John Ray Horn is a former rodeo bronc-rider turned B-Western star who tanked his career when he decked the son of the head of his studio, putting the guy in the hospital with a broken jaw. He did two years in prison for that, and when he returned, he discovered that his old boss had blacklisted him and his acting career was over. His faithful Indian sidekick, though, had invested his earnings from the movies and bought a poker parlor/casino on the edge of L.A., and he offers Horn a job collecting bad debts from gamblers. Horn reluctantly takes it, though he hates the work.
When a friend approaches him with some intriguing information about Horn's former step-daughter (the wife divorced him while he was in jail), he decides to look into things. Then the friend is apparently a suicide, and of course Horn doesn't believe it and looks into that too.
The action is interesting, with not too much violence, but enough to keep things exciting, and the characters are wonderfully drawn and intelligently portrayed. Los Angeles has never been more authentically depicted (to my mind the author easily outdoes Ellroy) with the settings, from restaurants to studio lots to the developing San Fernando Valley all wonderfully toured.
I loved this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in old movies, detective stories, or Los Angeles.
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