Robert S. Levinson won the Derringer award for his short story “The Quick Brown Fox” which first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. He’s the bestselling author of eleven standalone mysteries as well as the Neil Gulliver and Stevie Marriner series, featuring the former newspaper crime reporter and his ex-wife. In The Stardom Affair, the sixth title in the series, Neil and Stevie are summoned to the apartment of actor Roddy Donaldson. They find him in bed with two dead girls, but no memory of what happened, making Roddy the number one suspect. At the urging of Roddy’s mother, they investigate the case, plunging them deeper into the seedy Hollywood underworld.
Newspaper columnist Neil Gulliver and his ex-wife, "Sex Queen of the Soaps" Stevie Marriner, are back. It's decades ago, when the internet was in its infancy. Neil is summoned to the apartment of actor Roddy Donaldson, leader of the "Diapered Dozen" gang of teenage movie stars, by condo manager Sharon Glenn. Roddy is in bed clinging to life alongside two dead girls, no memory of who they are or how they got there. Evidence points to him as their killer. At the urging of Roddy's mother, a prominent casting director, Neil chases after the truth, encountering a motley cast of suspects: among them nasty Nicky Edmunds, co-starring with pal Roddy in Tough Times Two, and glamorous Jayne Madrigal, a high-powered press agent with whom Neil is smitten when Stevie introduces them at a lavish Stardom Magazine gala. Also: rap superstar Maxie Trotter and his manager, Roscoe Del Ruth; Gene Coburn and Knox Lundigan, millionaire partners in Stardom House companies revolutionizing the internet; model-songstress Aleta Haworth, who knows more than she's telling; fading film star Brian Armstrong, who harbors dark truths; and Stevie's mother, Juliet, and her fiancae, Bernie Flame, a computer whiz who may be able to find answers for Neil in the secret underground world of the Web. More bodies fall and Neil faces an ugly death before the killer of the two girls is revealed in this fast-paced mystery-thriller by an author who knows Hollywood's many sins and secrets from the inside out.
Music industry powerhouse Lainie Davis Gardner's past comes back to haunt her in this gripping tale by Robert S. Levinson. First Assistant D.A. Harry Roman promises he'll prove Lainie arranged the murder of her husband Roy. Next Lainie's former lover Thom Newberry offers her a permanent solution to her problem with Roman but at a price. If Lainie steals a secret file held by brutish moneyman Leonard Volkman Newberry will keep her from losing custody of her troubled teenage daughter Sara. Lainie reluctantly accepts help from Rod Flynn a gregarious Irishman operating Volkman's bogus film production company. Events escalate to include fading movie star Lance Clifford; Chips Crandall Lainie's nemesis behind bars; and Newberry's teenage son Jerry whose relationship with Sara brings death and tragedy.
Characters come and go in a struggle to find love, success or survival in the music business, where backstabbing is an art limited only by the number of available backs. Indianapolis. 1989. International rock idol Nat Axelrod is imprisoned on a trumped-up rape charge. Nine years later, believed dead and all but forgotten, he emerges a revenge-driven cripple. Embarked on a hunt for the teenage beauty forced to tell the lies that put Nat behind bars, he is pursued by Laurent Connart, an unscrupulous, conflicted French tabloid journalist, and by his onetime champion, Danny Manings, a failed record-company executive seeking personal and professional redemption.