Christof Weigold

Hollywood, 1922 – The Blood-red Carpet (Hardy Engel 2)

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Hollywood, 1922 – The Blood-red Carpet (Hardy Engel 2)

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The second case in the series based on real unsolved murders in 1920s Hollywood

In truth, Hardy Engel has had it with the movie industry. But then the famous director William Desmond Taylor, whom Hardy owes a favor, requires his services as an investigator. When Hardy pays him a visit, he finds him shot to death in his living room. Since the public prosecutor’s office considers him a suspect as well, Hardy has no choice: he has to find the real murderer. The film studios seem more interested in hushing up the enormous scandal than in solving the crime: Evidence is manipulated and witnesses are murdered. Hardy once again takes on the city’s most powerful men – and falls in love with the young director Polly Brandeis, who keeps interfering and seems to be mixed up in the case. The search for clues leads him to the studio of superstar Charlie Chaplin and all the way to New York. Brutal surprises lie in store for him. And, in the end, Hardy becomes a key figure in Hollywood’s bloodiest year...

Crime Novel


ISBN: 978-3-462-05141-4
release: 11. April 2019
640 pages, Flexcover


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About the Author

Christof Weigold, born in 1966, is the author of plays and, from 1996 to 1999, was a staff writer for the “Harald Schmidt-Show” in Cologne. Since 2000, he has been a freelance screenwriter for film and television. In spring 2018, he published his first book in a series featuring the German private detective Hardy Engel in 1920s Hollywood, Der Mann, der nicht mitspielt (“The Man Who Won’t Play the Game”), for which he received the Harzer Hammer Award for Best Crime Novel 2018 and was nominated for the Friedrich Glauser Prize 2019 for Best Crime Novel Debut of the Year. Weigold lives in Munich.