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Owning and Driving a Car This book is designed to help CGEA students with the elective unit Owning and Driving a Car (VBQM482). It will also be of interest to anyone planning on driving in Western Australia.
The story begins on a sweltering, wind-swept night in a Los Angeles suburb. The owner of a rundown old theater is shot dead behind the snack bar, an assassination disguised to look like a holdup gone wrong. And the story begins eighty years earlier, MGM Studios, 1924, when a mad genius of a director creates a masterpiece, only to have it taken from him by the studio brass and, presumably, destroyed.
How are they connected -- this "lost legend" of the Silent Film era, and this seemingly random act of violence at a crumbling movie house eight decades later? That is the question that keeps readers devouring the pages of Bungalow Heaven, a gripping, unpredictable, and surprisingly funny crime novel based in part on a true story. Warner escorts the reader from the barrios of East L.A. to the back lots and boardrooms of a Hollywood Studio to the oak-lined streets of "Bungalow Heaven," the quiet neighborhood where all secrets are ultimately revealed. Along the way, we dig deep into the lives of a memorable cast of characters:
•Cam Healy, the onetime Hollywood hot shot, now on the skids, with a penchant for soft-rock oldies, prescription meds, and murder;
•Hernan Escudero, the former gang member looking to move up to a more sophisticated class of crime;
•Lita Ritenour, the single mother and lead homicide detective, faced with a mystifying string of murders, who may have even more to lose than the suspects themselves;
•along with a vivid supporting cast of criminals and cops, kooks and cranks, and celebrity wannabes, has-beens, and hangers-on.
Wildly original and impossible to put down, Bungalow Heaven is a tale of crime and its consequences that slices through the glamorous façade of Tinsel Town to reveal the savage ambition beating in the dark heart of the Hollywood Dream.
Kevin Warner Everyone loves to travel. So why is so much travel writing such a snore? In What Did You Do With That Bug Repellent? you won't find anything about hotel linen thread-counts, or where to go for the best pan-fried prawns. What you do get is an account of an African Safari that is by turns laugh-out-loud funny and unexpectedly poignant. In a two-week tour of Tanzania, Mr. Warner and his traveling companions encounter: a blitzkrieg of insects, giants birds with aggression issues, confidence men tour guides, indifferent locals, death-tempting car journeys, monotony, lethargy, illness, and a really really poor selection of souvenirs. Somehow, along the way they still manage to experience the wonder and awe of seeing lions, giraffes, rhinos, elephants, zebras and dozens more magnificent animals in their natural habitat. You will learn a lot about the marvels of East Africa in What Did You Do With That Bug Repellent? You just won't realize how much you're learning because you'll be too busy enjoying yourself.