Beverly Hills Is Burning: A Rail Black Novel (The Rail Black Novels Book 3)

| August 3, 2014


“It was just after midnight when the girl in the blue diamond necklace fell out of the sky.”

In Hollywood, an ex-con movie producer, fresh out of San Quentin, is lucky if he can get a valet to take his car at The Ivy. Teddy Chessman got his own studio.

Why? Because Teddy controls the most important motion picture property to hit town since agents were invented. And attached to this expected critical and financial bonanza is the biggest female action star in the world, Valentine Jones.

But good plans die horrible deaths, and foolproof ones, worse. And now, the guy who loaned Teddy the money to buy the joint–Rail Black, a former Delta Force operator with a private fortune–is forced to take possession of Teddy’s dream. And the bad news is just beginning.

Exploding from ninety years in the past–when gangsters and movie tycoons roamed Hollywood and scratched each other’s wallets–Rail is sucked into a quicksand of unsettled scores, duplicity and death, where a couple of billion dollars in boxoffice seems like small change.

From Southern California to New York, Venice, Havana, Mexico and Cyprus, Rail must disentangle the past from the present and come to terms with his feelings for Barrie Fontaine, a long dead woman–and extraordinarily brave pilot–he has never met.

And somewhere, out there, is Matty Aspirins, a hitman on a mission all his own.

Welcome to Beverly Hills is Burning.

There will be no intermission.

“Neil Russell is the king of adventure thrillers… BEVERLY HILLS IS BURNING is a tour-de-force of hot action, cool suspense, and steamy sex. …a once-in-a-lifetime ride with producers, screenwriters, Mafia hitmen, and money. Lots of money. You’ll love this book.”

Gayle Lynds
New York Times Bestselling Author
The Book of Spies

“I just want to tell you what a joy it was to dig into BEVERLY HILLS IS BURNING. I loved the way the two plot lines dovetailed so effortlessly. Your knowledge of old Hollywood made my favorite era in the town come to life.

I laughed out loud so many times, I couldn’t keep count! Your dialogue so reminds me of Raymond Chandler. I felt he was your “ghost.” Every time I came across one of your many metaphorical gems, I had to post it on Facebook.

I’ve got you up there as one of my five favorite writers (including Chandler, as you already know); toss in F.Scott, Le Carre, and Martin Cruz Smith, and there you have my perfect poker game.

And either you or Chandler would be winner take all, no doubt about it.

Seriously, you are my new fave regarding dialogue. Smooth as butter, true to character, no matter the gender, personality, or the time period. You had me at the very first line–and kept me until the last word.

Just hope you’re working on the next in the series.”

Josie Brown
Bestselling Author
The Housewife Assassin Series
True Hollywood Lives
Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

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