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While I Disappear

(2004)
(The Silver Face)
(The second book in the John Ray Horn series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Shamus Awards Best Novel
From Publishers Weekly
Former big-city newspaper editor Wright's stellar second John Ray Horn novel (after 2003's Clea's Moon, which won the C.W.A.'s Debut Dagger Award) legitimately merits comparison to the work of James Ellroy. A disgraced former movie cowboy and ex-con, Horn walks the mean streets of post-WWII Los Angeles in search of the brutal killer who snuffed out the life of Rose Galen, a faded leading lady who co-starred in one of Horn's films. A shameful secret from the victim's past forces Horn to challenge the official theory of the crime-that the killing was a random act. Aided by his current boss (and former faithful movie sidekick) Joseph Mad Crow, Horn pounds the pavement and reaches out to old friends to identify the source of Galen's guilty conscience. Wright does a superb job of integrating a fair-play whodunit plot into a hard-boiled setting rife with personal and official corruption. He also manages to invest bit players-such as a lonely old fellow boarder of Galen's at the down-and-out hotel where she died-with humanity and dignity that provide a striking and dramatic counterpoint to the warped inner lives of some Hollywood notables. Wright's narrative gifts mark the arrival of a significant new noir voice who hopefully has many more Horn stories in him.
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Book Description
The landscape and characters of post-World War II Los Angeles come brilliantly alive in Edward Wright's atmospheric new novel. Former actor John Ray Horn's ex- leading lady, Rose Galen, is now a faded beauty who wears her quiet desperation on her sleeve. But when Horn tracks Rose down to try to help her he only discovers that she's been viciously strangled to death. Horn's investigation into her death leads him back to the silent-film era and to a party at a Hollywood mansion where Rose's destiny changed forever.

This stunning crime novel takes you into Hollywood's un-derbelly during a time when the studio system was crumbling yet memories of the glory days were all too familiar.

Edward Wright brings back his "engaging cast of characters" (San Francisco Chronicle) into a more textured story and more complex mystery.

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Hardback Editions

July 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silver Face
Author(s): Edward Wright
ISBN: 0-7528-5291-4 / 978-0-7528-5291-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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May 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: While I Disappear
Author(s): Edward Wright
ISBN: 0-399-15198-2 / 978-0-399-15198-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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Paperback Editions

August 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silver Face (A John Ray Horn Thriller, Book 2)
Author(s): Edward Wright
ISBN: 0-7528-6451-3 / 978-0-7528-6451-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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April 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: While I Disappear (Prime Crime Mysteries)
Author(s): Edward Wright
ISBN: 0-425-19959-2 / 978-0-425-19959-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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July 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silver Face
Author(s): Edward Wright
ISBN: 0-7528-5292-2 / 978-0-7528-5292-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

July 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Silver Face
Author(s): Edward Wright
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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May 2006 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Silver Face
Author(s): Edward Wright
ISBN: 1-84648-059-0 / 978-1-84648-059-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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May 2006 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Silver Face
Author(s): Edward Wright
ISBN: 1-84648-077-9 / 978-1-84648-077-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Silver Face
Author(s): Edward Wright
Publisher: Orion
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June 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Silver Face (A John Ray Horn Thriller, Book 2)
Author(s): Edward Wright
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK