Review Tour Featuring Author Duane Byrge With His Latest Book *The Red Carpet At Cannes* @byrge_duane @pumpupyourbook


by Duane Byrge

* Mystery *


Author: Duane Byrge

Publisher: Independent

Pages: 235

Genre: Mystery

Veteran film critic Duane Byrge takes readers on a behind-the-scenes
thrill ride at the legendary Cannes Film Festival in his new mystery, THE RED CARPET AT CANNES.A longtime movie writer and editor for the Hollywood Reporter, Byrge
turns to the thriller genre to tell the tale of Ryan Hackbart, who, like
Byrge covers the Cannes Film Festival for the fictional Hollywood
Times.Hackbart finds himself in the middle of a Hitchcock-style mystery as
he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the lead actress of the
festival’s opening-night film. Interrogated but released, his passport
is confiscated, and he is hounded by the world media. He must solve the
murder before the culprit kills him or the police arrest him.Aided by his female companion, Delisha, Ryan’s investigation thrusts
Hackbart into the underbelly of the most glamorous film festival in the
world and opens his eyes to what lies underneath the glitz and glamour.After a long, successful career as a film journalist, Byrge decided to change to the novel format to tell his story.

“You can reveal truths within a novel that you can’t convey with the
‘facts’ of a news story,” Byrge explains. “It allows me to flesh out the
full story of the events I have covered.”

THE RED CARPET AT CANNES will please mystery fans and film
buffs alike. It’s a five-star travelogue straight into a celebrity
universe of dazzling parties, high-end cuisine, superstar celebrities,
high fashion, and movie-world politics.



Ryan wrapped his arms around Delisha’s shoulders. At the gold-handled door of their Carlton Hotel suite, he snapped in the entry card. He pushed the door open, and Delisha turned, facing him. As the evening breeze snuggled in across the room, Ryan saw that the windows had been left open. The curtains fluttered, and he could see the brightly lit yachts. A grand eruption of pinks, blues, silvers, and greens sparkled across the sky.

The kaleidoscope of colors exploded as the fireworks shimmered down, and formed an aurora magical brilliance. Ryan envisioned CaryGrant and Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief at her door at the
Carlton. In that incandescent flash of his mind’s eye, that gloriously romantic movie moment was no longer an unattainable reflection for Ryan.
Through the crazed magic of the Cannes Film Festival, Ryan and Delisha had morphed into the forms of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Ryan’s all-time favorite movie moment from To Catch a Thief had entered into the frame of his own life – he in his black tux, and she in her light blue gown.


~ My Thoughts ~

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an intriguing journey Mr. Byrge will take you on, into the dark world of the rich and famous. From sex, drugs, and celebrities to murder. This novel has a little bit of everything to keep you amused.

I enjoyed this journey into the world of the rich and richer, with its humor, mystery, and adventure, I felt like I was right there at the film festival. An evening of entertainment you won’t want to miss.

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The Red Carpet at Cannes: A Murder -at -the -Movies Mystery

by Duane Byrge


Duane Byrge has written for The Hollywood Reporter for more than 20 years. Starting out as a secretary for the entertainment industry newspaper while he was a graduate student at the University of Southern California, Byrge rose to serve in various capacities, including news editor and senior film critic. He serves as a consultant to the Chicago International Film Festival, where he brought Halle Berry to Chicago in 2001 for a career tribute.
A Wisconsin native, Byrge holds a Ph.D. in Communications, with an emphasis in Cinema, from the University of Southern California, where he has served as a lecturer. His Ph.D. dissertation was the basis for the book, “The Screwball Comedy Films,” which he co-authored. The book was re-released in hardcover in 1991 by McFarland Publishing and re-released in paperback in 2001 as part of the publication’s Classic Series.
Currently an assistant professor of Mass Communications at Virginia
State University, Byrge teaches journalism, motion picture history and
appreciation, and mass communications. He is working on a book on movie
producers, “Before the Shooting Begins,” which will be published by the
University of California, Berkeley Press.

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One thought on “Review Tour Featuring Author Duane Byrge With His Latest Book *The Red Carpet At Cannes* @byrge_duane @pumpupyourbook

  1. This book sounds very intriguing ! I would love to read it, I will be adding it to my TBR list.