Silver Screen Heroes
What happens when a motion picture studio in 1920 is taken over by a crime family? Addy and Zeke, a stunt double and a director's assistant, work with the police to bring the gangsters to justice. But Addy's cousin has married into the crime family. When Addy is given a key to bring down the family and the studio, will she use it?
They carefully made their way to the double doors of the warehouse and found them unlocked. The building was cavernous in its darkness. The light from the office area seemed farther away than it did in the daytime, but they could hear a lot of noise coming from that end of the building, like things were being thrown around, and angry voices yelling. Addy couldn’t make out what was being said.
Suddenly they heard what sounded like a gunshot.
Zeke pushed Addy down behind a crate and leaned toward her to whisper, “Stay there! I’m going to call the police.” He slipped over to the shipping clerk’s desk and jiggled the cradle on the tall thin telephone before he held the receiver to his ear and spoke in a low voice. “Operator, get me the police.” After a pause, he continued, “This is Zeke Shafer. There is some sort of disturbance at the shipping department here at Majestic Motion Pictures. It sounded like a gun was fired in the office area. Hurry.”
There were sounds of running from the far end of the warehouse. “I heard a voice over there,” a man called out. Another shot rang out, closer this time, and Zeke dove under the desk.
“It ain’t here, let’s go,” said a voice, gruffer than the other. “If you know what’s good for you, you’ll stay down until we’re gone,” he called toward the clerk’s desk where Zeke hid. Addy tried to get a look at them as they left by way of the dock door, but it was too dark.
“Zeke, I’m going to check on Mr. Leman!”
“Addy! Come back! Those guys might still be around.” Zeke glanced around the warehouse. “I’m coming with you. The police should be here soon.”
She gasped as she entered the office. It was strewn with the contents of all the drawers, cabinets and shelves. To her horror, she found Mr. Leman on the floor, a bloody pool growing beneath him.
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This is the first of a series of three books that follow the Shafer family. The first book starts in 1920s Hollywood. It involves the movie industry, and gangsters with illegal liquor. The second is where the family flees to Alaska to get away from the gangsters, who follow them. The third, we move to the next generation during World War two in the Alaskan theater.
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Ilona Fridl was born in the Los Angeles area of Southern California, where she lived the first twenty-one years of her life. In high school and college, she took Journalism and Creative Writing. She moved with her family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she met her husband, Mark. They started a locksmithing business and raised a daughter to adulthood. All the while, she dreamed about being a writer, but she hated typewriters. In the nineties, they purchased their first computer, and she never looked back. With some articles and short stories under her belt, she started her first novel. The eighth book is just being released by The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and a student of AllWriters in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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