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  • Posted April 3, 2009

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    Loved this book!

    An absolutely brilliant satire. I'm not much of a TV viewer -- at least, not of the shows that Bochco writes scripts for -- but this novel totally rocks; Bochco is brilliant. Great story, clevery dialogue, and funny, funny, funny. By the time I hit Chapter 6, I'd sent a copy off to my daughter. Her comment back: "I stayed up half the night reading. It's like eating peanut butter straight out of the jar." This is not a novel for readers who are offended by 'language'or graphic descriptions of sex, or for those who anticipate that the book is a straightforward murder mystery. It is a book for readers who appreciate style, form, ingenuity, humor, and keen insight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    Really exciting

    this is not like any other book it is soooooo hard to put down, and you think like any other book that you would get to a really exciting part and then it would get slow. not with this book. you would get to an exciting part and then next would be an even more exciting part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    Great Book!

    I am surprised at all the negative reviews this book got. I really loved it. I read it in one sitting in less than 4 hours. It was funny, yes vulgar too but that's part of the fun. It had me till the very last page. I highy recommend it to anyone who has a few hours to kill and doesn't mind the bad language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004


    Yes, I will admit, this book is a light read. It won't change your life. You really won't learn anything from it. But guess what--I still loved it! I found it to be very well written. I couldn't put it down and I finished it in one day. Very fast paced, colorful book. I tend to read books that are much more emotional, deep and dramatic, but this was a nice, fresh break from my normal reading pattern.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    Murder ¿ Hollywood Style

    Screenwriter Steven Bochco, co-creator and executive producer of 'Hill Street Blues,' 'NYPD Blue' and 'L.A. Law' has turned out a book that only he could write. A book by a screenwriter about a screenwriter that is a sexy romp through the Hollywood scene that includes among it¿s cast, a screenwriter on the skids, a trophy wife, a murdering actress, a blackmailer and, of course, the literary agent who tells us the story in a way that had me laughing the night away. Screenwriter Bobby Newman is drinking too much and his career is on a downward spiral to nowhere, when one night, while spying on his neighbors with a high powered telescope, he sees a couple in the naked throws of passion in a house across the canyon. When finished they fight and the woman bashes the man¿s brains in with an acting award. Instead of calling the cops, Bobby decides to write a screenplay about it and he does his research by getting close to both the movie actress killer and the Colombo type cop investigating the case. I found his agent-narrator's jokes witty and funny. The plot was a twister, the characters entertaining, the ending satisfactory. What more can you ask from a book? I give it five stars because the second I finished it, I started it again.

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