After decades of toiling in the "C" Leagues, talent agent Shelly
Monroe has finally hit the big time when she discovers and signs actor Cody Clifton, who is on the fast track to be TV's newest superstar. It's a Hollywood truth that getting to the top is one thing but staying there is something else. Shelly Monroe is finally living her dreams and she's not about to let it slip through her fingers.
Veteran LAPD detective Maxine Calderas finds herself in hot pursuit of a serial killer with a taste for prostitutes. The trail soon puts her on a collision course with Shelly's world, when
Max Calderas becomes convinced that Shelly knows a secret that may help Max crack her case.
Cody Clifton, America's newest Golden Boy is haunted by the ghosts of a troubled childhood. Will he succeed in conquering his demons or will they derail his rising star? Jimmy Bodine is Cody's best friend and fierce competitor for the Hollywood brass ring. Will their friendship withstand Jimmy's ambitions and Cody's sudden white hot success?
The stakes are high and the winner takes all as the player's paths cross amidst the hot house jungle that is Hollywood.
DL Bruin gives readers an insider's look at the Hollywood
Dream Factory in this darkly humorous thriller.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Ten Percent - Hollywood Can Be Murder is a police procedural mystery written by D.L. Bruin. Someone is killing and dumping young prostitutes on the hillsides above Los Angeles. Detective Max Calderas and her partner, Greg London, have not been able to get a handle on the killer, who's been dubbed The Coyote by the press because of the bite marks found on the victims' bodies. Shelly Monroe is not really concerned about the situation. Her energy is directed towards making her small talent agency into a superstar. When one of her clients, Cody Clifton, a young country hopeful, lands the starring part in the Chuck Dallas series, Shelly's got her golden goose. She moves her offices to a better location, gets a makeover and new car, and seems to have it made. Or does she? D.L. Bruin's noir mystery, Ten Percent - Hollywood Can Be Murder, blends the police procedural and psychological thriller genres. The author's long relationship with Hollywood and the acting industry lends an authentic feel to the story. He gives the reader an insider's view of the business, both from the actor's and the talent agent's perspective, and the result is a wry, humorous and ironic story that works quite well. Detectives Calderas and London are strong, well-defined characters who merit, in my opinion, at least a few more LA cases to solve. Cody Clifton and his fellow actor and friend, Jimmy Bodine, are equally intriguing, and the glimpses seen of their disturbing pasts add depth and dimension to the story. Bruin's plot is clever and thought-provoking, and his writing style makes getting involved in Ten Percent an effortless and continuing pleasure. Ten Percent - Hollywood Can Be Murder is highly recommended.
D.L. Bruin's "Ten Percent" is masterful! A page-turner of the first order. The humor is dark and the characters are interesting. Show Business as you've never seen it. Give this one a look.