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Book Review: The Dead Janitors Club by Jeff Kilma

[ 0 ] June 30, 2011 |

Well, not for the squeamish over 45 year old Woman, is it?  If you like horror movies and true to life accounts..then this may just be your book!

~~The Chief Blonde, Still Blonde after all these YEARS!

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Book: Dead Janitors Club, Pathetically True Tales of a Crime Scene Cleanup King

Author: Jeff Klima
ISBN:13-975-1-4022-3829-1
MSRP: US–$15.99
Publisher: SourceBooks
Pages: 352, oversized Paperback, non-fiction

Having toiled for minimum wage for years, Jeff Klima got an unexpected offer: to head up a brand new crime scene cleanup company in Orange County. The upside: a chance to make incredible money in a field with no competition. The downside? Everything else about the job. The Dead Janitors Club is an engrossing, hilarious, and morbidly fascinating memoir of life and death from someone whose life is all about death. Klima brings the hidden world of crime scene cleanup to life.

Klima paints readers a vivid, raw, uncensored picture of what this job is really like. His accounts range from his first job-where a piece of brain fell off the ceiling and landed in his eye -to finding bloodstains missed by cops and sparking a reopening of a crime scene.  And that’s only what happen on-site, the stories about  what went on at the office are filled with corruption and deceit. The Dead Janitors Club is more than just a retelling of crime scenes and what it takes to clean them up; it is a memoir of struggling to survive college, love, and life, morals and ethics while keeping sane when one never knows if, the next time the phone will ring, you must delve into the darker side of life and death.

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Eww ewww eww..  Crime scene realism at its deepest and darkest.  Not what happens during the crime…but what happens after, and it ain’t pretty. Here’s a little excerpt, where he talks about his cleanup job:

There was the old man who’d died from falling off his concrete porch and smacking his head open with the business end of a rake or the job I did at the Motel 6 in Fontana where a man, knifed in the gut, had dragged himself along a hundred feet of walkway and rounded a corner before finally collapsing in the stairwell.

Stuff like that required serious equipment to do the job correctly, equipment that Dirk (his boss) didn’t want to shell out for.  Instead, he believed in his method of using a small furniture scrubbing brush like a glorified toothbrush and scrubbing the blood out inch by inch.

Uh-huh?  Well, not for the squeamish over 45 year old Woman, is it?  If you like horror movies and true to life accounts..then this may just be your book!

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Book Review: Errol & Olivia, Ego & Obsession

[ 0 ] June 30, 2011 |

“Women over 45, if you can tear yourself away from  the beautiful photographs, Robert Matzen explains the story and relationships (of Errol and Olivia) behind the movies, the gossip, and the innuendo and tells us for the first time what we really want to know.”

–The Chief Blonde, Still Blonde after all these YEARS!

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Book:  Errol & Olivia, Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood

Author: Robert Matzen
ISBN:978-1-9711685-8-9
MSRP: US–$39.95
Publisher: GoodKnight Books
Pages: 208, oversized Hardback, deluxe paper
Illustrations: Full Blaring Color and B&W as appropriate

Errol & Olivia: Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood is the first book ever to delve into the incendiary relationship between the great motion picture stars Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. In Errol & Olivia, Robert Matzen goes behind the scenes the Golden Era to tell the intimate story of how Errol and Olivia battled the studio system—and each other—in the name of ego and ambition to achieve lasting fame.

Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland first laid eyes on each other in 1935—and their lives were forever changed. He fell in love with her, and she with him, and through eight motion pictures these two Hollywood luminaries earned millions for the WarnerBrothers Studios—plus rich contracts and international acclaim for themselves. All the while, discontent slowly built as they made one classic picture after another, including the Academy Award®-winning The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). But what caused such unhappiness for Errol and Olivia? Here, told for the first time, is the story of the years Flynn and de Havilland spent together at Warner Brothers, learning the business together and then growing apart—until unlikely events made them allies and forged a bond that would last forever.

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Ahh, the Golden Days of Hollywood..the passion, the angst, the looks, the passing kisses.  And yet, there is always the other side of the Silver Screen–True humans who after being thrown together in picture and after picture develop all kinds of emotion for on another–that is the story of Errol & Olivia, Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood.  I found myself captivated with the endless posed and candid pictures of the two stars.  Truly, I can say, this is the part of the book I enjoyed the most.  You can see such vulnerability in the unposed shots, such raw emotion!  Women over 45, if you can tear yourself away from the  the beautiful photographs, Robert Matzen explains the story and relationships behind the movies, the gossip,  and the innuendo and tells us for the first time what we really want to know.  What were Errol & Olivia really like and what was their relationship?
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