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Boulevard: A Novel
     

Boulevard: A Novel

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by Bill Guttentag
 

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“Guttentag brings the story lines together in a conclusion that leaves you morally conflicted, yet surprisingly satisfied.”—San Francisco Chronicle

When a high-profile lawyer is murdered at the Chateau Marmont, lackluster detective Jimmy McCann takes to the streets and finds himself enmeshed in this complex web of prostitution and

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“Guttentag brings the story lines together in a conclusion that leaves you morally conflicted, yet surprisingly satisfied.”—San Francisco Chronicle

When a high-profile lawyer is murdered at the Chateau Marmont, lackluster detective Jimmy McCann takes to the streets and finds himself enmeshed in this complex web of prostitution and drugs, learning that the killer, a young girl named Casey, is a victim in her own right. Delving into Casey’s troubled community of homeless runaways, characterized by abuse, rape, death and disease, but also by friendship, loyalty and love, Bill Guttentag has crafted a stunning literary crime novel.

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Publishers Weekly
Guttentag, an Academy Award–winning film director (Twin Towers), offers a moving, loosely knit crime drama about life on the streets of Hollywood in his first novel. Casey, a 15-year-old castoff from her dysfunctional family in Oregon, makes her way to the boulevards of Tinseltown to join the teeming, ever-revolving crew of runaways who get by through begging, stealing, and prostitution. One night at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel, Casey kills a high-powered, politically connected lawyer who has a sexual penchant for the young. Leading the murder investigation is LAPD detective Jimmy McCann, whose own drug-addled son also lives on the streets. Despite occasional slips into misty-eyed prose, Guttentag shows a deft touch with detail as he chronicles an existence marked by moments of sheer panic followed by hours of boredom and mundane routine. The action builds to a hopeful and satisfying conclusion. (Feb.)
Library Journal
This graphic and gritty debut novel by an award-winning Hollywood documentary producer explores Tinseltown's dark side. When lackluster detective Jimmy McCann is assigned to search for the murderer of a high-profile lawyer at the legendary Chateau Marmont, he trolls the alleyways of Sunset Boulevard looking for clues and watching the back of an imbedded young cop as she runs with a pack of feral teenage runaways who view Hollywood as a kind of Mecca. It's a tough case to crack because clues are few, and the kids are a tightly knit violent and untrusting group. VERDICT Raw and brutally realistic, this is a tragic story of victimization and desperately unrealistic expectations in an underworld where murderers are also victims. This is not a novel for everyone but strongly recommended for readers who can stand the grim reality depicted. [Do not confuse this title with Stephen Jay Schwartz's recently published Boulevard, which is about an L.A. cop who is also a sex addict.—Ed.]—Susan Clifford Braun, Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781681770000
Publisher:
Pegasus Books
Publication date:
07/30/2015
Series:
Pegasus Crime
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
574 KB

Meet the Author

Bill Guttentag is a two-time Oscar-winning documentary and feature film writer-director. His films include the documentary feature Nanking, and the dramatic feature Live!. He was an executive producer and creator of the series Law&Order: Crime&Punishment, which ran for three seasons on NBC. He has also directed films for HBO, ABC, CBS and others. He lives with his family in Northern California, where he teaches a course at Stanford University.

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Boulevard 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WF More than 1 year ago
It is hard to believe that Bill Guttentag is a "two-time Oscar-winning documentary and feature film writer..." and "teaches a course at Stanford University".....or that Jessica Case, "(my fantastic-in-every-way editor)" according to Guttentag, is really an editor. This book would have been an interesting story if I did not have to put it down so many times in frustration over the bad writing quality. A grade school child could have written it with less errors. I had to force myself to finish it just to find out the ending. This is the most poorly written book I have ever read and I read a lot of books. I'm glad I checked it out at the library. Do not waste your money unless the author/publisher re-writes and re-publishes a revised and corrected version, then it will be worth your time and money.
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