Alice Duncan creates a fantastically detailed love story brings early Hollywood to life. This novel dances with humor and flickers across the pages with all the drama of the silent movie industry.

Highly intellectual Colin Peters isnt having any fun being a technical consultant on a movie starring Navajo actors as Apache characters set in Sioux territory! The only thing that keeps him from leaving, a fact he doesnt admit even to himself, is his attraction to the beautiful star of the film, Brenda Fitzpatrick. His frustration with the inaccuracies of the film prove less a problem than the fact that any interest in him on Brendas part seems impossible.

Not at all the airhead her public image requires, Brenda has never met a man who interests her like Colin does. Shes level-headed about her beauty but frustrated by Colins total lack of response to her.

Rollicking sexual tension, the originality of the pre-Hollywood movie era, some sandlot baseball between the cowboys and Indianswhat more could any reader ask? Sensual (May, 352 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger