It’s 1948 in Hollywood and the death of an upcoming starlet is being covered up. Struggling screenwriter Charlie Parish is trying to figure out what really happened to her while trying to keep his life together.
The Fade Out feels like a noir film. With the setting and the art and the types of characters you all know, the drunk, the big boss, the struggling young actress and the naive lead – it’s all the markers for a noir thriller and while in some ways it’s playing on the stereotypes it also manages to be fresh and interesting.
I loved the setting of the Hollywood studios of the 1940’s. I loved learning about the studio system in my Film classes at school so seeing all the drama of a studio possibly failing and how tight the schedules were and how studios could loan out stars to other studios was great.
It’s got a slow build to it as Charlie begins to realise that he’s stumbled into something he shouldn’t that’s a lot bigger than him.
There’s a lot of characters in The Fade Out and while a lot of them are very distinctive I did get confused a few times as to who was who and how they related to different characters. Luckily there was a handy pictures and name list at the start of the book that I could flick back to whenever I got confused.
I’ll definitely be picking up the next volume as I’m intrigued as to where the story goes and who are really the bad guys. 4/5.