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The price of a soul, or cost of success, for a hero in Hollywood.

Robert Peterson, encouraged by easy words and the success of one novel, is a Hollywood innocent. His first lessons are harsh; pornographic films with a waiter's job to pay the rent seem the only option. Then he meets a powerful, eccentric British producer who, liking a Svengali role, adds Robert to his stable of wannabes. But there is a price....

Bryan Forbes' powerful novel is filled with great characters. The women in Robert's life include the wholly ambitious, sexy Amanda; the domesticated Tracey, with the morals of an alley cat; and the beautiful, empty Lauren, whom only the camera defines. And the men who teach him the lessons of life include a knife-throwing English director more histrionic than his stars; the agents, double-dealing in wives and clients; and the fellow scriptwriters with strange secrets.

Who could live in the middle of all this scheming ambition and survive?

©2012 Bryan Forbes (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A fascinating novel. Utterly compelling and wonderfully authentic." (William Boyd)
"A splendidly evocative novel.... This dark love story of obsession and passion has a great cast of colourful characters and a fascinating plot decorated with much authentic detail. This is an immensely enjoyable listen." (Sunday Telegraph)

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