The Brubaker/Phillips 1940s era film industry-based comic noir continues (see my thoughts on Act Onehere). This is the second of three books, collecting issues 5-8 of the original series. The murder mystery introduced in book one proceeds relatively slowly here in favor of much needed development for Charlie, our protagonist. He falls in love with Maya, the blonde starlet who has risen to take the place of Valeria, the murder victim. The portrayal of the naivety of new romance is quite convincing. A blackmail subplot is emerging as well.
I'm waiting for the twist. Charlie's suspicions have yet to move beyond the obvious and there has to be a twist at some point. I'm looking forward to Act Three.