Leisure, Jun 2002, 5.99, 366 pp.
The world becomes excited when the media reports that the plane that crashed containing 1930s sex goddess Lacy Black had finally been found in the California Mountains. However, not long afterward the shocking news is that the woman once considered a rival to Jean Harlow back in the thirties is not the female corpse found in the wreckage. Media giants like Dan Rather wonder who is the female who died in that early 1940s crash and what happened to Lacy.
The story of Lacy begins in 1937 Snyder, Texas when the car of Hollywood shaker Mark Damien breaks down, which enables him to meet teenage Lucinda Blackburn. He rescues her from an abusive father, renames her Lacy, manipulates her into becoming a legend, and marries her. Eventually she tires of his cheating ways and decides to leave her Svengali. However, he sabotages her plane, leaving the world and Mark to believe Lacy Black is dead. Yet six decades later, law enforcement proves that Lacy was not in the fatal plane crash so what really happened to her?
Though an entertaining tale, THE LEGEND OF LACY BLACK could have been the legend of Tory Houston as the story contains the essence of a great novel. However, instead, the plot twists back to an engaging romance rather than an incredible romantic Hollywood mystery that E would have highlighted. Still Lacy, regardless of her moniker, is an enticing lead character and the men in her life provide further insight into why she vanished at the height of her fame. In all a strong tale, but a could have been a classic.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner