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William J. Mann takes home Edgar Award for the gritty Tinseltown

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When you simultaneously expose early Hollywood’s sleaze and solve a nearly century-old murder, you deserve recognition. Biographer and historian William J. Mann, best known for his probing looks at the film industry (including the well-received Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn), has earned the 2015 Edgar Award for the Best Book of 2014 in the category of Fact Crime fiction. The winning novel, TINSELTOWN: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, is “a story of drugs, prostitution, intrigue, and murder at the dawn of the film industry.” Similar to A Devil in the White City, Mann’s latest work is of special significance, because his tireless research resulted in the closing of the famous Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor murder.…

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