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A Valentino Mystery

Valentino Mysteries (Volume 6)

Loren D. Estleman

Forge Books


Indigo is a brand new Valentino novel from Harlan Coben's hero, Loren D. Estleman!

Film detective Valentino is summoned to the estate of Ignacio Bozel to collect a prized donation to the university’s movie library: Bleak Street, a film from the classic noir period, thought lost for more than sixty years.

Bleak Street was never released. Its star, Van Oliver, a gifted and charismatic actor with alleged ties to the mob, disappeared while the project was in post-production, presumably murdered by gangland rivals: another one of Hollywood’s unsolved mysteries. Studio bosses elected to shelve the film rather than risk box-office failure. UCLA’s PR Department is excited about the acquisition, but only if Valentino can find a way to sell it in the mainstream media by way of a sensational discovery to coincide with its release: “We want to know what happened to Oliver.”

A simple quest for a few hundred yards of celluloid opens a portal into a place darker than night.


HARRIET SAID, “BUT you’ve seen it a thousand times.”

“A gross exaggeration,” said Valentino.

“Okay, nine hundred and ninety-nine. On TV, on silver nitrate, celluloid, VHS, Beta—”


Praise for Indigo

“Film noir has provided the frame story for a wealth of crime fiction, and now Estleman adds another sterling entry to the growing list ... Classic-movie fans who don't know this series should be ashamed of themselves.” —Booklist, starred review

“Estleman effortlessly melds film history with a whodunit ... clever and surprising. Film noir buffs will be in heaven.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Fans of Estleman will enjoy the wealth of film detail that fills out the story. Classic noir tropes are deployed with levels of glitz and power that Spade and Marlowe never imagined.” —Library Journal


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Loren D. Estleman

LOREN D. ESTLEMAN has written four previous Valentino film murder mysteries, and more than eighty books all told. Winner of four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards, and three Western Heritage Awards, he lives in Central Michigan.

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