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In a time when the slightest scandal meant the end of a lucrative career...Movie stars are being blackmailed to perform acts of espionage.

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"Hollywood is a place where they have great respect for the dead, but none for the living." Errol Flynn


"Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a  ladder." William Faulkner

The Return of the Hardboiled Mystery/Thriller
A Nostalgic Whodunit Mystery Filled with Hollywood Glamour and Gangsters. It’s 1938 and the golden age of Hollywood.
Gangsters, gumshoes, movie stars, Nazi spies and Hollywood’s elite create an evocative and fascinating page-turner of a novel in author Mitch Haynes’ Hollywood Agent Provocateur.


In 1938, a secret and illegal nightclub was opened for the Hollywood elite.  It was a place where actors relaxed without fear of publicity; a place where studio brass negotiated million dollar deals and careers were made or broken.  It was also a place where secrets were the most prized currency - tools used to control the lives and demands of spoiled movie stars and overzealous studio personnel.

The repository of these secrets is the incorruptible bar manager, Thomas Moseley.  A word in his ear and suddenly Clark Gable is chosen to play Rhett Butler instead of Gary Cooper.  Unfortunately, Moseley isn't the only one privy to these secrets.  Someone else is using them for a much more sinister reason.

When the club manager is murdered, Moseley is forced to run the nightclub and protect his clientele from the killer.  Was it a gangster trying to muscle in on the club's action?  Or was it a Nazi spy blackmailing movie stars to perform acts of espionage?  The answer pushes Moseley beyond his meager talents and tests his relationships with those he thought he could depend on.


You’ll take a nostalgic step back in time to the days of gangsters, movie stars and corruption! Haynes’ fast paced novel reads like the ones of yesteryear—think William Powell and Myrna Loy in THE THIN MAN. Razor-sharp and caustic dialogue, colorful and lively characters and an intricate plotline set the stage for an incredibly satisfying, fast paced, hard-to-put down read.



A great novel, mixing spies and ne'er do wells with movies, stars, studios and our flawed belief that the only bad thing to come out of Hollywood were the B movies. 4 stars. J.W. London

Creative and witty, Mitch Haynes combines facts and fiction in this wildly entertaining portrayal of old Hollywood glamour. Great Writing and a great story. 4 stars. R. Simmons 

This is a very intriguing story. I especially enjoyed the storyline and the time period. Reading about actual characters while fitting them into a story of this nature was superb. Being a history buff and a bit of a movie fanatic, I turned every page with enthusiasm and couldn't wait for the ending. 5 stars. J. Ingram

This is a great piece of historical fiction. If you're a buff of either WWII, the Nazis, or post prohibitions era crime, you'll love this book. Mitch Haynes takes the reader on a journey through a maze of liars, spies, and criminals with the ease of leading a child through a playground. Good writing, a good story, and above all, a good read. 4 stars. C. Gordon

Hollywood Agent Provocateur combines real-life people with fictional characters to tell a twisted tale of life during the Nazi Regime. With familiar actors and unfamiliar enemies, Haynes' main character begins as a bartender at a secret club and soon finds himself spiraling through action, adventure, and more than one brush with death. With a woman to protect and a dog by his side, the main character's life keeps the reader guessing as to who are his friends, who are his enemies and who will be the next to die. This is a must-read novel that will leave its readers anxiously awaiting the sequel. 5 stars. ReadyReader 

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Hiding Jews

      In 1938, Louis B. Mayer of MGM was deeply involved in the relocation of European Jews, helping them escape from the growing Nazi threat.  He was so successful that the Nazis tried to assassinate him with a bomb when he gave a speech at the Los Angeles Country Club.
      At the same time, the German Consul General, Georg Gyssling, was influential in being sure that movies were not made that had any overt or covert anti-German meanings.  He filed a complaint with the Hays office and made MGM reshoot several scenes of the movie Three Comrades because some scenes showed German troops mistreating Jews.

      British producer/director Victor Saville was acquired by MGM and brought to the Culver City studio to work on international releases.  Unbeknownst to MGM, Saville was also working for the British government, helping to insure that movies were not made with a pro-Nazi leaning.
      All three of these elements play an important part in Hollywood Agent Provocateur.

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