Is sleeping with Marilyn Monroe worth getting murdered again?
When Jack Cade, a down-and-out aging Hollywood actor, is fired from a no-pay production of Hamlet, he has no inkling his next role will be opposite Marilyn Monroe – only forty years back in time, in the year 1956.
An award winning time-travel noir that slips between the shimmering worlds of modern and mid century Los Angeles show business.
After Jack’s wife leaves him, he receives an invitation from a mysterious woman to her old mansion deep in the San Fernando Valley. Jack steps through her door and into a world of beguiling physics, magic and travel in time. Through a dark whirlwind of events, he meets Marilyn, gets killed (more than once) and emerges with the alexandrite ring – a jewel that will change his luck and destiny.
How many lives will he have to blow before getting it right?
After NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD, Lenz’s award-winning memoir about show business and addiction, comes another enchanting novel written with a sure hand and a knowing eye. Kirkus Reviews called this genre-bender a “mesmerizing story.” Indead, The Alexandrite is a bold, kaleidoscopic novel that glimpses at Hollywood’s past and present through the lenses of time travel, hypnotism, gemology and Marilyn Monroe’s haunting blockbuster “Bus Stop”.
Winner of Grand Prize (Chanticleer Awards), and Best Books of the Year List Finalist (Kirkus Reviews), Book of the Year Finalist (Foreword Reviews), Reader Views Award in Fantasy – and more!
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Rick Lenz is a jack of all trades in show business: actor, artist, and author. He has acted alongside many of the biggest names on stage and screen, and his prismatic roleplaying parlayed over to the pen with a successful string of plays from Off-Broadway to PBS.
Lenz’s award-winning memoir about show business, addiction, and recovery, NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD:AN ACTOR’S STUMBLING BABY STEPS TOWARD KINDNESS AND PEACE, broke the fourth wall between him and his audience. Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of A WOMAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS, wrote that it is “enchantingly written with a sure hand and a knowing eye. Rick Lenz reveals with enormous poignancy and gleeful insight what it has taken to make one real life work while pursuing the Hollywood dream.”
Lenz’s newest release, THE ALEXANDRITE: A TIME-TRAVEL NOIR, is a bold, kaleidoscopic novel that glimpses Hollywood’s past and present through the lenses of time travel, hypnotism, gemology, and casting calls for “Bus Stop,” Marilyn Monroe’s haunting blockbuster. Kirkus Reviews called this genre-bender a “mesmerizing story.”
When Lenz is not riding away on his next kaleidoscopic quest, he can be found painting, playing the piano, or reading at home with his beloved wife, Linda.