Casey Sherman returns with a new true crime thriller: A Murder in Hollywood!

Thursday, March 14th, 2024, 6:30 pm

Casey Sherman (The Finest Hours) returns to Gibson's Bookstore with a new true crime thriller, A Murder in Hollywood: The Untold Story of Tinseltown's Most Shocking Crime! Lights, camera, action, we're learning about Hollywood's sparkling starlet Lana Turner, and her terrifying love affair with mobster Johnny Stompanato, which ended with the jealous and controlling mobster dead on the floor and a murder trial that you couldn't script.

“In his stunning new book A Murder in Hollywood, Casey Sherman takes us behind the glitz and glamour of 1950s Technicolor to a front row seat at a real-life film noir, the story of Lana Turner and her terrifying love affair with LA gangster Johnny Stompanato.  It's a violent and harrowing tale of female empowerment, a page turner more gripping than any film in which she ever starred!”  - Terence Winter, Executive Producer The Sopranos; Boardwalk Empire; Tulsa King

From the outside, Hollywood starlet Lana Turner seemed to have it all—a thriving film career, a beautiful daughter, and the kind of fame and fortune that most people could only dream of. But when the famous femme fatale began dating mobster Johnny Stompanato, thug for the infamous west coast mob boss Mickey Cohen, her personal life became violent and unpredictable. Lana's teenage daughter, Cheryl, watched her beloved mother's life deteriorate as Stompanato's intense jealousy took over. Eventually, the physical and emotional abuse became too much to bear, and Lana attempted to break it off with Johnny—with disastrous consequences. The details of what happened that fateful night remain foggy, but it ended in a series of frantic phone calls and Stompanato dead on Lana's bedroom floor, with Cheryl claiming to have plunged a knife into his abdomen in an attempt to protect her mother. The subsequent murder trial made for the biggest headlines of the year, its drama eclipsing every Hollywood movie.

New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman pulls back Tinseltown's velvet curtain to reveal the dark underbelly of celebrity, rife with toxic masculinity and casual violence against women, and tells the story of Lana Turner and her daughter, who finally stood up to the abuse that plagued their family for years. A Murder in Hollywood transports us back to the golden age of film and illuminates one of the 20th century's most notorious true crime tales.

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Event date: 
Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
A Murder in Hollywood: The Untold Story of Tinseltown's Most Shocking Crime By Casey Sherman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728276502
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks - February 13th, 2024


"A wild ride beneath the glitz and glamour of 1950s Hollywood, proving once again that Casey Sherman is a master of the genre."

—Ben Mezrich, New York Times bestselling author of Dumb Money, Bringing Down the House, and The Accidental Billionaires