Death by Hollywood

Death by Hollywood

by Steven Bochco
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Death by Hollywood by Steven Bochco

From the acclaimed co-creator of Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and NYPD Blue, Death by Hollywood is a suspenseful, shocking, and darkly comic crime novel about a screenwriter, a billionaire's wife, a murder, and, of course, a cop.

"There used to be a writer by the name of Merle Miller, who wrote that people in Hollywood are always touching you--not because they like you, but because they want to see how soft you are before they eat you alive."
So begins this seductive and surprising novel by two-time Edgar Award–winning writer Steven Bochco, in which a down-on-his-luck screenwriter named Bobby Newman tries to turn a brutal murder into his next movie payday.

One day, while spying on his Hollywood Hills neighbors through his $4,000 Bushnell XR90 electronic telescope, Bobby sees a beautiful socialite making love to a handsome Latin actor named Ramon. When their pillow talk takes a turn for the ugly, Bobby watches in horror as the woman bludgeons her lover to death with his own acting trophy. Deciding to write about it instead of reporting it to the cops, Bobby insinuates himself into Detective Dennis Farentino’s murder investigation, forging an unusual friendship with the cop that turns out to be more complex than either of them had bargained for. Before long, Bobby has dragged the detective, his estranged wife, his lover, and his agent into a Hollywood fun-house hall of mirrors, where only the most manipulative player will survive.

Savvy, funny, sexy, and streetwise, Death by Hollywood is the tale Steven Bochco couldn't tell on television. It is the work of an ingenious storyteller, certain to enthrallreaders from beginning to end.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375432989
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Publication date: 09/09/2003
Edition description: First Large Print Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

STEVEN BOCHCO is the winner of ten Emmy Awards--six for Hill Street Blues, three for L.A. Law, and one for NYPD Blue, now in its eleventh year on ABC. In 1996, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Television Hall of Fame, and he was the first television writer/producer to receive the Writers Guild Career Achievement Award and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship Award for his outstanding contribution to his craft. The Mystery Writers of America have honored him with a Raven Award for lifetime achievement as well as two Edgar Awards. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Death by Hollywood 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ReadsalotMM More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because of the author¿s television successes. Unfortunately, Bochco¿s demonstrated writing abilities for the small screen do not translate to the printed page. I wish that I had obtained the book from a library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was funny and shocking. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because of the Author's name. Well don't waste your time. Bochco should stick to TV. Poorly written, in fact confusingly written. Does not gain your interest at all. Great idea just written really bad. I am so disappointed because the story line sounded so good! Oh well...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read alot of mystery/thrillers and when I came to find out he wrote a book after being a fan of every TV Show I was so excited. The story was good but the language was way out of line. I don't mind some raw language but this was over the top. Would look elsewhere first before reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most boring, ridiculous books I've ever read. I felt like it was just a long and boring ride up and down Hollywood Blvd. I think Mr. Bochco reads too many Jackie Collins novels. A Typical Hollywood smut
Guest More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed this tale of Hollywood murder, greed, and immorality. One drawback is that it's hard to find anyone in the story to like - I gather this is a reflection of Mr. Bochco's sour take on people in the entertainment world. I kept erupting in laughter at some of his hilariously nasty one-liners. I recommend not taking it all too seriously; just go along for a fun ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hated this book, the language was horrible. I got it from the library on tape, glad I didn't pay for it. I had to turn off the tape whenever my kids were in the room. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. Save your money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Got it from the library on audio. I think it is worse hearing it. The vulgarity was horrible. The first 1/2 was better than the 2nd half. I am glad I didn't sit and waste time reading it, I listened to it while cleaning the house. I'd never recommend this to any of my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Luckily I got this from the library and didn't pay for it. If I had, I would have been livid. First, it was printed about 4 inches wide--hardly anything to it. Secondly, it was a rehash of old agent jokes and euphemisms from 'NYPD Blue,' such as 'pop a chubbie' and 'get hit in the seat' (in prison). The plot was mundane, the so-called twist not in the least twisty. I think Bochco got this published on his name only. For one thing, almost every sentence contains a clause in parentheses. Just say it the way you want to--if you are capable of it--and don't keep adding little things in. My advice, if you insist on sufffering, get a couple of root canals instead of reading this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd say a good airport read, Bochco is a TV writer - his book reads like a TV show - which is cool, but once you get into this mode, even the plot becomes predictable. His use of explicit language is somewhat excessive and at times sours the reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.