When bitter and curmudgeonly movie critic Benton Dembow sees Miss Pola Negri in the film “Passion,” he becomes enchanted and infatuated with the little-known actress in German imports. While trying to unravel the enigma that she is, he crosses paths with back-stabbing gossip columnists, blackmailers, psychotics, murderers and gangsters. When it is announced that Miss Negri has been signed to an American film contract, will he overcome the obstacles to meet her and tell her what she means to him. It’s a rollicking piece of historic fiction laced with black comedy. Chapter One is now available for reading on this site.