Death by Hollywood: A Novel

By Steven Bochco

From the acclaimed co-creator of Hill road Blues, L.A. Law, and NYPD Blue, Death by way of Hollywood is a suspenseful, surprising, and darkly comedian crime novel a few screenwriter, a billionaire's spouse, a homicide, and, after all, a cop.

"There was once a author through the identify of Merle Miller, who wrote that folks in Hollywood are regularly touching you--not simply because they prefer you, yet simply because they need to work out how delicate you're ahead of they consume you alive."
So starts off this seductive and brilliant novel through 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 acquaintances 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 loss of life along with his personal performing trophy. determining to jot down approximately it rather than reporting it to the law enforcement officials, 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. ahead of 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 purely the main manipulative participant will live on.

Savvy, humorous, horny, and streetwise, Death by way of Hollywood is the story Steven Bochco could not inform on tv. it's the paintings of an inventive storyteller, sure to enthrall readers from commencing to finish.

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And she’ll admit, if simply to herself, that the explanation she went off on Bobby this afternoon in her lawyer’s place of work is that he was once correct. Axelrod is a prick. He used to be utilizing her, and now that she’s left her husband, abruptly her mobile calls aren’t being lower back and people afternoons on the Peninsula are something of the prior. What she does inform Dennis approximately is her formative years starting to be up in Pittsburgh, her years at Carnegie-Mellon within the theater division, her occupation ups and downs, and her marriage ups and downs with Bobby, which, for the final couple of years, have been more often than not downs. She says she hasn’t misplaced a moment’s sleep over her determination to depart the wedding, and up to she’ll continuously take care of Bobby, that a part of her lifestyles is at the back of her. This in terms of letting Dennis understand that she’s now not a few depressing, rebounding extensive trying to get distracted through a fling with a handsome murder detective. As for Dennis, he’s a qualified custodian of secrets and techniques, his personal and others’. (You wouldn’t think the issues humans have confessed to him: rapes, murders, torture killings, beheadings. One guy flippantly advised Dennis how he’d bring to an end the fingers, the ft, and the top of his gay lover, then sat the bare torso in a chair with its head facedown in its lap, its palms and ft smartly displayed at the ground less than. Then, so relieved to have unburdened himself of his mystery, he fell asleep correct there on the interrogation desk. ) That stated, he’s most likely extra candid with Vee than he’s been with any girl he can be mindful. in fact, he doesn’t inform her approximately his dating with Bobby. Nor does he inform her approximately Bobby’s affair with Linda Paulson. and also you greater think he doesn’t say something in regards to the undeniable fact that her (soon to be ex-) husband is the foremost to confusing out Ramon’s homicide, he’s simply unsure how but. What he does inform her (honestly) is that from the instant he observed her photograph, he desired to meet her, and from the instant he met her he desired to be together with her, now not as a euphemism for intercourse, yet actually, as in be along with her: sit down together with her, check with her, get to grasp her, percentage stuff along with her, watch her chuckle, take pleasure in taking a look at her. He tells her approximately his failed marriages, admitting that their failure used to be pretty well his fault. He was once simply no solid at it, he says, any longer than he was once at a next sequence of informal romances that went nowhere simply because, between different purposes, the ladies continually looked as if it would imagine Dennis wanted a bit altering right here and there. “In fact,” he tells Vee, “listening to myself speak, you'll want to switch your mobilephone quantity after this night. ” Vee laughs, then tells Dennis to not fear. “I such as you simply how you are. i used to be disillusioned for those who didn’t name and excited if you happen to did. i love your eyes, i admire that you’re a cop—don’t inquire from me why, I don’t understand yet—and I’m not likely to attempt to alter something approximately you. I’m additionally not likely to sleep with you this night, simply because i admire you adequate that i would like to head gradual. ” “Sort of allow the sport come to us,” Dennis says, hoping Vee is familiar with what the hell he’s conversing approximately.

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