Book Review Hollywood Sinners by Peter Jospeh Swanson
Karin Panotchitch, the main character in this novel, has a one track mind. She wants to be a movie star. Drama seems to come easy for this daughter of a sheep rancher. Her dad is killed when a tractor runs over his head. She suffocates her first husband. I guess her defense would have been that he was suffocating (and starving) her. He was drinking away his paycheck while she was eating bugs.
Karin who changes her name to Carol travels to Hollywood with Rita Sunshine who sells suntan lotion. Karin/Carol is destined to meet lots of other colorful characters. The men usually do not last long. As the story progresses, they are more likely to be shot or rolled into a swimming pool than suffocated. There are few tractors in L.A. But misadventures are not just for other characters. Karin/Carol is herself set on fire at a cacti public relations event.
Before I read this book I didn't realize how much could happen in just 188 pages. Lots of famous people and events are mentioned. Carol's best friend predicts that Gone With the Wind and the Wizard of Oz will flop. The only real movie star the heroine meets in Francis Farmer. (I read Farmer's biography a long time ago and can't remember a thing about it.)
Does Karin/Carol's quest end on the silvery screen or back on that sheep ranch or someplace else? It is worth reading this book to find out.
Thanks, Peter, for a good read.