Waifs on the Wasteland, by Wayne Beauvais
In 1925 Hollywood, Joe Holder, an ex-con just released from prison seeks to reclaim a lost love. But there is a hitch – while he was locked up, she became a movie star. Amid the glitter and grit of silent filmmaking, Joe soon finds he has two rivals for Rose Allen – an actor named Yancey Dix and Hollywood itself. Pooch, a pickpocket and Joe’s sidekick shows us the first golden age of tinsel-town -- a hectic world filled not only with movie folk but also with bootleggers, socialist-labor leaders, sassy flappers and newshounds. In their midst appears a genuine tough guy who reaches for a star – and nearly captures her.