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Alan White is a hot young writer-producer looking for the one hit every Hollywood writer dreams of - and so few get. He thinks he's found it with his idea for a new pilot. He calls it The Mercenary and the networks have never seen anything like it. The show pours state-of-the-art death and dazzle all over the competing networks. Full frontal nudity. Geysers of blood. Shocking sexuality. The violence is beyond unsettling. It's traumatizing. Soon the ratings are through the roof - the show burns a fifty share on ...
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Alan White is a hot young writer-producer looking for the one hit every Hollywood writer dreams of - and so few get. He thinks he's found it with his idea for a new pilot. He calls it The Mercenary and the networks have never seen anything like it. The show pours state-of-the-art death and dazzle all over the competing networks. Full frontal nudity. Geysers of blood. Shocking sexuality. The violence is beyond unsettling. It's traumatizing. Soon the ratings are through the roof - the show burns a fifty share on its first airing. America is riveted. The ratings are ready to pop the ozone. Sixty share. Eighty share. It's the biggest Nielsen juggernaut that ever opened its mouth and swallowed America's prime-time attention span. Alan's made it, enjoying success beyond his wildest dreams. But something is going wrong - life is beginning to mimic art with horrifying result. The morning headlines start to read like a grisly rerun of last night's episode of The Mercenary. Then it gets worse. Plots that Alan hasn't yet written or spoken of have begun to blood-blossom into reality. Suddenly the truth becomes chillingly clear. Alan is scripting a nightmare - and it's real. Now he must cancel The Mercenary before it cancels him. Created By explores the darkest recesses of human nature, where the meridian between reality and make-believe is as deceptive as a television screen, and the single difference between the two is that on the other side terror doesn't break for commercials.

Hollywood screenwriter Matheson's first novel is a glossy thriller set in the ruthless world of prime-time TV. When a young TV writer finally comes up with a blockbuster--a violent series called "The Mercenary"--the plots he creates chillingly become real. For a copycat killer is imitating events from the show. . . .

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Screenwriter/producer Matheson's first novel dissects the high-octane Hollywood of network TV with blistering cynicism but ultimately fails to sustain psychological suspense. Writer/producer Alan White finally has a sure-fire hit with his series The Mercenary , a show that takes TV sex and violence to new levels of depravity. But he has also created a monster, unleashing his own dark side in the form of his fictional character, a vicious mercenary named A. E. Barek. As Alan's enemies are brutally murdered one by one, he realizes he must track down and destroy his creation before it consumes its creator. The novel's bitter portrait of Hollywood might have worked as a contemporary morality play, but the narrator's smug, hipper-than-thou tone and contrived humor render Alan himself nearly as unsavory as the soulless media barons he despises. Matheson--whose credits include the short story collection Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks and work on such TV series as Quincy , Magnum PI and Tales from the Crypt --devotes pages to secondary characters (a mysterious psychic, a comely detective) and undeveloped subplots while leaving the bizarre premise of Barek's transition from fiction to reality largely unexplored. It is as though Matheson loaded down a slam-bang screenplay with novelistic ``depth,'' and in the process almost buried it. (Sept.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780553763379
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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