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Black Snake: The Forgotten Life of George Raft

Please click HERE to download The Confidence Man     The difference between Humphrey Bogart and George Raft came down to this: Bogey was an actor; Raft was a gangster. Bogart acted tough. Raft was tough. Raft conspired to ensure

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Gary Cooper, The Confidence Man, and the Ghosts of Old Hollywood

What fascinated me most researching the Los Angeles of 1928 for my new novel, The Confidence Man, was the lost world of movies I encountered. That was the year, as any film buff knows, sound movies were introduced (most notably

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Me and the Duke

In 1975, I went down to Newport Beach, California to interview John Wayne at the rambling seaside bungalow where he had lived for ten years. Wayne promptly pumped me full of tequila, a drink I had never had before, and

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