1994 first edition (mfg. code 10-1); Carol Publishing Group, New York; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
Mickey Rooney's first novel focuses on a subject he surely knows well - a tale about Hollywood and a fabulous child star of the old Hollywood system named Sonny Skies. Sonny won Oscar nominations before he was wearing long pants. He was the world's hottest box-office attraction at sixteen. And at nineteen he was the envy of the world when he bedded and wedded one of filmland's classic beauties. The book takes an unexpected turn when, unlike every other Hollywood celebrity his age, Sonny is suddenly drafted into the service of his country to fight on the front lines. The world is stunned by news of the death of Sonny Skies on the beaches of Normandy. It would take nearly five decades before the true story about Sonny Skies would emerge, and when it does the scandal sends shock waves through the entertainment industry. The tale is driven by Jay Richards, a jaded ex-gossip columnist for The Daily Flick, an alcoholic, and a poker player who stays sober by attending AA meetings three times a week. His fellow investigator is Elle McBrien, a single mother with a precocious daughter named Gremlin. Elle's TV documentary on Sonny Skies leads her and Richards to intrigue at the Pentagon, corporate skullduggery and murder in Los Angeles, a cemetery in France, and a stable in Del Mar, California.