By Steven Bochco
From the acclaimed co-creator of Hill road Blues, L.A. Law, and NYPD Blue, Death by means of Hollywood is a suspenseful, surprising, and darkly comedian crime novel a couple of screenwriter, a billionaire's spouse, a homicide, and, in fact, a cop.
"There was a author by means of the identify of Merle Miller, who wrote that individuals in Hollywood are regularly touching you--not simply because they prefer you, yet simply because they need to work out how smooth you're earlier than they devour you alive."
So starts this seductive and outstanding novel by way of two-time Edgar Award–winning author Steven Bochco, within which a down-on-his-luck screenwriter named Bobby Newman attempts to show a brutal homicide into his subsequent motion picture payday.
One day, whereas spying on his Hollywood Hills pals via his $4,000 Bushnell XR90 digital telescope, Bobby sees a stunning socialite making like to a good-looking Latin actor named Ramon. whilst their pillow speak takes a flip for the gruesome, Bobby watches in horror because the lady bludgeons her lover to dying along with his personal appearing trophy. finding out to jot down approximately it rather than reporting it to the police officers, Bobby insinuates himself into Detective Dennis Farentino’s homicide research, forging an strange friendship with the cop that seems to be extra advanced than both of them had bargained for. sooner than lengthy, Bobby has dragged the detective, his estranged spouse, his lover, and his agent right into a Hollywood fun-house corridor of mirrors, the place merely the main manipulative participant will live on.
Savvy, humorous, horny, and streetwise, Death via Hollywood is the story Steven Bochco could not inform on tv. it's the paintings of an creative storyteller, bound to enthrall readers from starting to finish.
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Y’know, it’s none of my business,” Dennis says, “but I spoke on your agent, this Ari Goldstein man, and he sounded almost like an immature jerk. ” Vee laughs back. “Ari Goldstein is an immature jerk. And he’s now not my agent. He’s my agent’s assistant. ” Now it’s Dennis who laughs. “Gee, i suppose he lied to me. ” “There’s a shock,” Vee says. an ungainly silence then, as though there are not any different inquiries to ask, yet neither of them wishes the dialog to finish. eventually Dennis stands, signaling the interview’s over. “Thanks for coming in, Vee. ” “My pleasure,” she says. “I be aware of this isn’t strictly talking expert of me, yet may you think about going out with me someday? ” Vee’s smile lighting him up. “I’ve by no means long past out with a policeman. ” “You don’t need to worry,” Dennis says. “I’m potty-trained. ” “That’s a relief,” Vee says. Out within the squad room, Dennis asks for Vee’s telephone quantity, and he or she writes it for him at the again of her eight-by-ten. “I’m staying with a female friend in Hollywood until I work out my life,” she says, “but that’s my phone quantity. ” after which, simply because Dennis can’t ever cease pondering like a cop, or perhaps it’s simply because he already has emotions for Vee which are making him anxious, he asks her if she ever heard approximately Ramon liking to tape himself having intercourse with girls. Vee appears nearly surprised by means of the query. “No, I by no means heard that. Did he? ” “Not to my knowledge,” says Dennis. “What a creepy thought,” Vee says, after which she blesses him along with her smile back. “Call me. ” And she’s long gone. bankruptcy 15 individually, I’m now not an important fan of motion picture premieres, or for that topic the big events that stick with. For something, they could price at any place as much as one million money, that is an insane amount of cash so as to add to the already horribly bloated final analysis of such a lot big-budget videos. additionally, you can’t even relatively justify the price as a part of your publicity-and-promotion crusade. The most excellent itself, with the entire lovers, the television cameras, the klieg lighting fixtures, the paparazzi, offers the media leap. The social gathering after is not anything greater than a self-congratulatory jerkoff. and at last, there’s the easy stupidity of it. Let’s face it—paying one million money for a celebration is like paying one thousand greenbacks for a bottle of wine in a restaurant. it can be a showy gesture, yet regardless of how sturdy it's, six hours later it’s nonetheless piss. or even I’m simply cynical. as a matter of fact, humans in and meaning to be within the love those events. It’s a chance to community on anyone else’s dime. It’s a chance to hook up. It’s an opportunity to amortize the price of your new titties. and naturally, like several features, it’s an opportunity to aggrandize yourself—i. e. , to lie. I suggest, how else are you presupposed to get strong at whatever when you can’t perform? I’m telling you this simply because I occurred to wait, albeit reluctantly, the foremost of the newest Tom Hanks motion picture, in addition to the celebration instantly following, in an incredible tent manage a block clear of the movie show in Westwood. i used to be there simply because I signify one of many six credited writers at the motion picture, Bobby Newman, that's how i will inform you the subsequent a part of the tale with the understanding that it’s actual.