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By Ray Bradbury | Comments: ( 297 ) | Date: ( Jan 17, 2020 )

Ray Bradbury, the undisputed Dean of American storytelling, dips his accomplished pen into the cryptic inkwell of noir and creates a stylish and slightly fantastical tale of mayhem and murder set among the shadows and the murky canals of Venice, California, in the early 1950s.Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer who beRay Bradbury, the undisputed Dean of American storytelling, dips his accomplished pen into the cryptic inkwell of noir and creates a stylish and slightly fantastical tale of mayhem and murder set among the shadows and the murky canals of Venice, California, in the early 1950s.Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer who bears a resemblance to the author spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter Trying not to miss his girlfriend away studying in Mexico , the nameless writer steadily crafts his literary effort until strange things begin happening around him.Starting with a series of peculiar phone calls, the writer then finds clumps of seaweed on his doorstep But as the incidents escalate, his friends fall victim to a series of mysterious accidents some of them fatal Aided by Elmo Crumley, a savvy, street smart detective, and a reclusive actress of yesteryear with an intense hunger for life, the wordsmith sets out to find the connection between the bizarre events, and in doing so, uncovers the truth about his own creative abilities.


  • Title: Death is a Lonely Business
  • Author: Ray Bradbury
  • ISBN: 9780394547022
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Ray Bradbury

American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938 Although his formal education ended there, he became a student of life, selling newspapers on L.A street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter He became a full time writer in 1943, and contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival, in 1947 His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unintended consequences Next came The Illustrated Man and then, in 1953, Fahrenheit 451, which many consider to be Bradbury s masterpiece, a scathing indictment of censorship set in a future world where the written word is forbidden In an attempt to salvage their history and culture, a group of rebels memorize entire works of literature and philosophy as their books are burned by the totalitarian state Other works include The October Country, Dandelion Wine, A Medicine for Melancholy, Something Wicked This Way Comes, I Sing the Body Electric , Quicker Than the Eye, and Driving Blind In all, Bradbury has published than thirty books, close to 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays His short stories have appeared in than 1,000 school curriculum recommended reading anthologies Ray Bradbury s work has been included in four Best American Short Story collections He has been awarded the O Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others In November 2000, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters was conferred upon Mr Bradbury at the 2000 National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City Ray Bradbury has never confined his vision to the purely literary He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his animated film Icarus Montgolfier Wright , and has won an Emmy Award for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree He adapted sixty five of his stories for television s Ray Bradbury Theater He was the creative consultant on the United States Pavilion at the 1964 New York World s Fair In 1982 he created the interior metaphors for the Spaceship Earth display at Epcot Center, Disney World, and later contributed to the conception of the Orbitron space ride at Euro Disney, France Married since 1947, Mr Bradbury and his wife Maggie lived in Los Angeles with their numerous cats Together, they raised four daughters and had eight grandchildren Sadly, Maggie passed away in November of 2003 On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you ll come along.



Comments Death is a Lonely Business

  • Lyn

    Death is a Lonely Business is Ray Bradbury’s addition to the noir mystery genre. Told with all the requisite intrigue and catchy simile and metaphor, Bradbury nevertheless cannot be mistaken as anyone but himself. Like an actor who is cast in an odd role, Bradbury remains the sentimental, kooky writer, and that is a part of this novel’s charm. Set in an aging and decrepit Venice California in 1949, the unnamed protagonist is an overweight, clumsy, near sighted writer who bears a great resemb [...]


  • Ellen

    I've read this book twice. It is written in a noire style, but with a feel of the fantastical running through it. The main character is a struggling writer (Bradbury himself) who is trying keep his art flowing but is lonely. His girlfriend is an ocean away and he seems so detached from everyone around him. But then a murder mystery unfolds and the writer must solve it. As the novel moves forward you find that Bradbury has many friends, some existing, some new, the relationships brought about thr [...]


  • El

    I love Ray Bradbury. I love his books, I love his short stories, I love how his cover picture has been the same one (the one of him holding his cat) for as long as I can remember, and I love that people always ask if he's still alive or not. The man is a mystery to me, and some of his books and stories touch me in ways that other books and stories have not. (No, that's not meant to be dirty. For once.)Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes are the two Most-Important-Bradbury-Books-to [...]


  • Ivan Bogdanov

    Влюбен съм в Бредбъри още от дете. "Марсиански хроники" и "451 по Фаренхайт" са книгите, заради които обикнах фантастиката. Чел съм практически всичко негово и смятам, че е един от най-поетичните писатели.Винаги е пишел различно и нестандартно от останалите.Няма да забравя и по [...]


  • Miriam

    Writerly, well-written, and about writing. Also about murder, loneliness, social change, urban decay, old movies, and poetry.


  • Matt

    While not Bradbury's all time best, this is a nice change of pace. Written relatively recently-- 1999-- the book is a postmodern mystery with a young version of the writer himself cast in the role of the detective. The killer is particularly creepy, an unseen presence waiting outside the homes of lonely failures, waiting for a chance to end their lives without ever doing more than gently touching them. Old women scared to death, drunks turned over in bathtubs, blind men tripped on staircases and [...]


  • X

    A dark mystery/detective story (kind of) in typical Bradbury style. Marvelous writing and good, memorable characters.What I learned: Not to read this book while home alone on a stormy night with family away in the LA area of California. At least I wasn't listening to Tosca.


  • Joey

    A great mystery from the master wordsmith. A noir thriller that plays out like a classic black and white movie while being a bit surreal at times and uniquely clever. A very Goodread.


  • Guy Cheston

    Every Bradbury novel out there is worth your time.


  • Williwaw

    I decided that I'm in the mood for a hard-boiled detective story. And I haven't read a Bradbury novel in a long, long time. Supposedly, the main character is based on some of Bradbury's own experiences while he was rising through the ranks of pulp fiction writers in the 1940's.Update: I'm about 60 pages from the end, and I must admit, I'm having trouble getting through this book. Bradbury has populated his book with characters who are interesting, if not borderline preposterous. The same goes fo [...]


  • Debbi

    Definire questo romanzo (solo) un giallo non gli rende giustizia. Bradbury crea un affresco di personaggi così vividi e sfaccettati che sembrano essere raggiungibili semplicemente allungando la mano. E al contempo tutto è evanescente: la stessa Venice del titolo, luogo nebbioso pieno di tram sferraglianti ed edifici decadenti, che racchiude una storia che potrebbe essere ambientata negli anni '50 come negli anni '80. Il "caso" di per sé è semplice; ciò che afferra lo spettatore - e i person [...]


  • Joan

    I had to reread Fahrenheit 451 to help my granddaughter write a paper, and I enjoyed it again; so I decided to try this newer Bradbury. Knowing that science fiction, horror, and supernatural are my very least favorite literature genres, I still gave it a shot. I gave up on it after about 4 chapters. All fluff - no substance. There seemed to be no plotline - just a lot of well-written scary language. I couldn't help comparing it to a sermon I heard the day before I tried reading the book. The pre [...]


  • Misha Kuzemski

    Я вперше читав щось настільки незвичне і неподібне до раніше читаного. Жеманіфік, короче. Манера - найс, персонажі - даблнайс, розв‘язка - прозріння.


  • Raya

    Страхотна!!!


  • Bev

    Finished up Death Is a Lonely Business--Ray Bradbury's 1985 non-SF novel. Set in 1949, this novel evokes the atmosphere of the time as well as giving a tribute to hard-boiled detective novels. But, I tell you, if Hammett and Chandler had written like Bradbury I would be a hard-boiled fan instead of hooked on British Golden Age. Well, maybe. He uses their style, but twists it to display his own particular Bradburian flair. His descriptions echo the hard-boiled era but the exaggerations sound so m [...]


  • Ryan

    Death Is a Lonely BusinessRay Bradbury278 pages, read it in paperback.Ooh la la, a Noir set in 1949 Venice, California. Yes please. I found this at a local book store in downtown Issaquah. I don't remember the name of the place but there are always books piled on the floor in boxes and if I am lucky I get the owner. The owner is helpful and nice, as well as his daughter. His wife and son on the other hand are usually less than helpful. Nonetheless here I was perusing the wares scattered across t [...]


  • Mel Bossa

    What a sweet, nostalgic, eccentric read this was. The more Bradbury I read, the more I love him. First and foremost, his sense of humor is so unique and divine, and second, there is no other author in that genre who writes women the way Bradbury does. God, how I love Constance Rattigan in this book. Bradbury always has a very strong female character in his stories and the girls stand on their own as full fledged people. The narrator in this particular story is basically a dream to read: he's qui [...]


  • Esme

    "Die kleine Stadt Venice, California, hatte zu jener Zeit vieles, was sie zum idealen Ort für Leute machte, die gern traurig sind."Welch ein wunderbarer erster Satz!"Death is a Lonely Business" ("Der Tod ist ein einsames Geschäft") ist ein Kriminalroman voll Nostalgie. Eine Geschichte von Einsamkeit und Verzweiflung. Für Leser, die gern traurig sind.Das Schäbige und der Verfall sind in sprachliche Virtuosität und Eleganz gekleidet.Eine Reminiszenz an die Filme der Schwarzen Serie des Hollyw [...]


  • Carlos

    Ray Bradbury is a skilled author. One of his best talents is stringing an engaging story, which twists just when you think you're about to be satisfied with a great conclusion into an even better one! This story lives up to that trend. Like much of Ray Bradbury's work it is marked by weirdness and wonder; a little more weird and it's pure fantasy, a little less and it's autobiography. Bradbury's mix makes for an fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable read!


  • Pedro Varanda

    Livro policial verdadeiramente negro, muitíssimo bem escrito que nos prende do inicio ao fim. Passado na Califórnia dos anos 40, é riquíssimo nas imagens que constrói na nossa mente. E tem um titulo que me conquistou de imediato e levou à leitura deste livro: morrer é mesmo um acto solitário.


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  • Marc Gerstein

    Bradbury is a science fiction author, and an exceptional one at that. Later in life though, he dabbled in mystery fiction, his homage the noir authors he admired. “Death is a Lonely Business” is one of those works, perhaps, I believe, the first.On the good side, Bradbury’s talent for storytelling, and his willingness to push the envelope are very visible here. The cast of characters is unforgettable, the WTF twists in the story are a delight, and his inventive multilayered craftsmanship (a [...]


  • Maria Stancheva

    Типичен Бредбъри, може би една доза по-сюрреалистично отвлечен, отколкото съм свикнала. Книгата ми хареса без да ме очарова както направи "Вино от глухарчета" или "451 градуса по Фаренхайт". Накрая остана само един въпрос, какво по дяволите се случи с Пег?


  • Viktoria

    3.5


  • Jon

    A mystery novel told in typical Bradbury style. It's a relatively standard whodunit plot with a few great characters, but as always the allure is the author's masterful way with language. I'd recommend this for fans of Mr. Bradbury's writing style looking for something a little bit different, with an unnamed protagonist who of course resembles the man himself. There are even a few allusions to short stories he's actually published.


  • Kiana Cook

    I know some people worship Ray Bradbury, but I’m neither here nor there with him. Although I lovedFahrenheit 451 and enjoyedDandelion Wine, I wouldn’t call him one of my favorites. I’m also not a huge fan of the mystery genre, which is probably why this book doesn’t stick with me in the way his other books have. But for the mystery lovers, Death is a Lonely Business will be a treat. It’s very well-written, the plot steadily builds to the thrilling showdown, and the story keeps the read [...]


  • Mark Oppenlander

    I found it a little unsettling that at the moment of Ray Bradbury's death, this particular book was sitting by my bedside. Of all of his books to have on hand, why this one? I found it even more disconcerting to realize that this mystery novel is partially autobiographical. The unnamed narrator is a 20-something writer living in Venice Beach, California during the late 1940's. How strange a coincidence is that?As for the book itself, the plot is straightforward: The starving-artist writer uncove [...]


  • Мартин Касабов

    Не,не,не, много харесах "Вино от глухарчета", но това детективско фентъзи ми дойде в повече. Бредбъри е all over the place както се вика. Целият сюжет е разпокъсан, хаотичен и нестабилен през цялото време. Общо взето не знаеш какво четеш и какво по дяволите се опитва да направи авторът [...]


  • Artemis

    I would have given this 5/5 if only the motives were more clear and the ending was more logical. I found the characters very likeable and the descriptions - quite imaginative, but the whole time I felt like the story lacked deaph and credibility. However, it still was an interesting read, so if you like spooky mysteries, you should definitely give it a shot.


  • Ken

    Bradbury strikes a perfect blend of surreal and fantasy with more than just a bit of hard-boiled noir in this, the first of his Crumley Mysteries. The story is unique. Bradbury's observations are, as always, entertaining. In his description of the scenes, Bradbury makes you feel the grit and oily decay. The cast of characters is colorful.This one hit spot on!5 STARS


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