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Death by Hollywood [Kindle Edition]

Steven Bochco
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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One evening, spying on his Hollywood Hills neighbours through his $4,000 electronic telescope, Bobby witnesses a beautiful woman making love to a handsome Latin actor called Ramon. As their pillow talk turns ugly, Bobby watches in horror as the woman appears to bludgeon her lover to death with his own acting trophy. Instead of rushing to the cops, Bobby decides to find out more about the events that led up to the crime, and to use the material for his next movie screenplay. However, when he sneaks into the actor's apartment, the discovery he makes changes his life forever. Empowered by his secret knowledge, Bobby is able to seduce the beautiful woman, while forging a unique friendship with Detective Dennis Farentino, the cop in charge of the investigation. Before long Bobby has dragged the detective, his wife, his lover, and his agent into a Hollywood fun-house hall of mirrors, where only the most manipulative player will survive.

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'Bochco has a real talent for pulp melodrama, ... A vulgar, sex-filled romp-in the best sense: good, nasty fun.' -- Kirkus Review

'Fast, fun, sexy... it's gonna be a hit' -- Publishers Weekly

'Snappy dialogue, a pacy plot adn great jokes' -- Kes Nielsen, WHSmith

A witty, twisty thriller that also contains a casual masterclass in how to pitch and script a story. -- Mark Lawson, Guardian

An exemplary performance that leaves the reader sore from grinning from ear to ear. -- Irish Independent

Brilliant...It's sharper, funnier, faster-moving, smarter and effortlessly more entertaining than any other thriller you're likely to read this year. -- Daily Mirror

He has come up with an irresistible plot that pulls you in, suckers you once, twice, and leaves you spinning. -- Time Out

Raunchy … Booze, drugs, plastic surgery, fancy restaurants, voyeurism and a lust for wild sex spice just about every page. -- Independent

‘With a deft plot, an insiders eye, and considerable charm,... ‘Death By Hollywood’ left me laughing out loud.’ -- ROBERT CRAIS

‘an eye for a cracking story … hooks you from the very beginning …' -- Red Magazine


‘With a deft plot, an insiders eye, and considerable charm,... ‘Death By Hollywood’ left me laughing out loud.’

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; UK open market ed edition (17 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003URRN00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Black comedy 8 July 2007
By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE
As a first novel, this is excellent, although Bochco's TV pedigree indicates we shouldn't be surprised that this is a first class read.

With a plot line that twists and turns, a wisecracking narrative and a heavy dose of black humour, you will find yourself drawn into the tale. And Bochco has drawn a series of venal, amoral self absorbed characters, whose rush to get ahead in Hollywood, provides the backdrop for all that goes on - and there's lots going on, including at least 3 major ideas for films/TV shows, murder, and sex aplenty.

Highly recommended to all fans of the crime genre, this has more than enough originality for me to want a follow up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, Hollywood Style 4 Jan. 2008
There is just something about a book written by a Hollywood insider that grabs your attention. You pick it up at your local bookstore or buy it from (preferably as a discounted paperback), hoping it will live up to the promise of the words on the back cover. That they almost never do, that they are almost always trash, is a sad fact of life.
But sometimes you can be surprised. Sometimes those insiders really know their stuff and sometimes they can really churn out a story. And every now and then they tickle your fancy as you try and keep up with unforgetable characters who romp through a twisting and turning plot.

I found myself laughing aloud while I read along with Bochco's fictional agent Eddie Jelko as he narrated this book about kinky and kooky characters who people the Hollywood scene.

Jelko tells us about his client, screenwriter Bobby Newman, whose career is on a fast track to nowhere. One fateful night he's busy checking out his neighbors with a high powered telescope when he spies a couple in the throws of passion, however when the love makeing is finished, they fight and murder is done.

Even a normal, telescope-looking, peeping tom pervert would go to the cops, but not our quirky hero, because he sees opportunitiy knocking. Here is potential for a screenplay that will put Bobby back on the top of his game. He gets as close to the lady killer as one can possibly get and he gets involved with the detective investigating the case, all in the name of research for his screenplay.

This five star book gives us, actors and agents, screenwriters and their unfaithful wives, cops and killers, and it delivers them all to us Hollywood style.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A successful conversion 25 April 2005
Having created hit TV shows such as Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, Death by Hollywood is Steven Bochco's debut novel. As the title suggests, the book is set in Tinseltown and by using agent Eddie Jelko as narrator, Bochco immediately introduces the reader into this elite yet bizarre world.
"It's a tough town and a tough business, and if you don't watch your step either one'll kill you which I guess is what this story is actually about."
This slick warning prepares the reader for a journey into the warped world of the A-list celebrity. Bochco, a two-time Edgar Award winning writer, has produced a darkly comical crime novel having also installed elements of betrayal and seduction.
Bochco has described the novel as "a tale which he could not tell on television." This I do not agree with. After writing series after series about the crime ridden streets of New York, featuring countless events of drug raids and gang warfare, Bochco could very easily have adapted Death by Hollywood onto the small screen.
Having said that, the decision is that of Bochco's, a man very much qualified to make that choice.
At a glance, Death by Hollywood could be seen as just another crime novel. A down on his luck screenwriter, beautiful rich women, a murder and a detective may seem the usual ingredients to make another bland tale from the genre. However, Bochco does not focus upon the money and sex which these stars have, but the sordidness which has spread through this corrupt industry.
The novel does not stand out as something which could reinvent the genre, but Bochco's debut is a well crafted thought-provoking insight into a world which most of us will never truly see. How much of a true reflection he has conveyed is another story. After his own success in Hollywood, the reader has no choice but to believe him. JG
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood meets Homicide 2 Dec. 2003
Steven Botchco's book looks at a murder in Hollywood through the refreshingly cynical eyes of an agent. The plot of the book is quite simple - a screen writer accidentally sees a murder take place and decides to write a screenplay about it instead of reporting the murder.
The book is quite short, pithily written and with a conversational style that suits the subject matter very well. It has a cynical tone throughout, freshened with doses of genuine humour which makes it all the more palatable. The characters are sketches rather than fully rounded out, but nevertheless it holds the attention well. The novel looks at the way in which Hollywood affects all those whose lives revolve around it - and the decisions they make. In doing so, Botchco makes some telling commentary about the morality of the whole Hollywood system.
Botchco has made the transition from screen to page well - and I for one hope that this is only the first of many novels
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Bought this book as I love all of Steven Bochcos' tv programs and this didn't disappoint. Cannot wait for more.
Published 1 month ago by booklover73
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Really enjoyed his book. Good story, pace and prose.
Believed in the characters and story, great writing.
Published 10 months ago by paj
3.0 out of 5 stars rattles along
This book rattles along in an interesting and mildly exciting way. Not great literature, but a page turner at the very least. Recommended beach reading.
Published 10 months ago by Birdbrain
5.0 out of 5 stars this was so good.
This was such an entertaining read. Also it grabbed you from the first go. Steve Bocho is a highly respected screenwriter and this is his first novel. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S Crothers
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like film. Brilliant
Reads like film. Brilliant! I love the analysing of people's motivation. This guy knows how people tick - the good and the bad.
Published 11 months ago by Bella-talk
4.0 out of 5 stars Great twist at the end.
Quite an interesting book with a very clever twist at the end. The characters aren't always likeable but this didn't bother me as much as it usually would because it was witty and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Owston
4.0 out of 5 stars Bochco delivers comedy.
Bought this on special offer as a whim. It is an entertaining read. Reccomended for light reading! Lots of fun.
Published 13 months ago by D. Percy Cuscaden
3.0 out of 5 stars Death by Book
Death by Hollywood is a satire on Hollywood, a shallow attempt to expose and lampoon all of the shady moralism in the American film industry. Read more
Published 16 months ago by George Kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars bad language, bad writing and big ego
Only read this as was a book club choice. I not against swearing but the language and lack of respect for the female characters was quite offence. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rosebud
4.0 out of 5 stars Hill Street Blues author
This is a book that captured my attention. I have yet to read it but look forward to doing so.
Published 17 months ago by Roger
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