Fans of old Hollywood will be mesmerized by Robert Matzen’s detailed account of the crash that took the life of one of its biggest stars of the 30s and 40s, comedian Carole Lombard, wife of the King of Hollywood, Clark Gable.

Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3″ (www.goodknightbooks.com) examines the events leading up to the fateful flight of TWA 3 on January 16, 1942, which slammed into a Nevada mountain instead of reaching its destination of Burbank, CA. Matzen effectively juxtaposes details about Lombard’s rise to stardom with  chilling descriptions of fateful decisions that led to the crash and the devastation, both personal and physical, that followed. A number of theories are examined as to why the plane hit the side of Mt. Potosi, including pilot error and World War II sabotage. This is a riveting story about one of Hollywood’s leading ladies and how cruel the fortunes can be when it comes to abruptly stopping one star’s journey to stardom.

“Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3” by Robert Matzen – Gotta Love It!