David Spandau is a P.I. and sometime rodeo cowboy. At the tail end of some much-needed vacation time, he takes a meeting with a talent agent whose client, Bobby Dye, is being blackmailed and threatened. Dye is young, brash, and on the verge of becoming a major star...if he lasts that long. It turns out that Dye faked a threatening note to hide a far more incriminating secret. When Spandau agrees to investigate, the game gets deadly.
Spandau looks like Robert Mitchum and speaks like Humphrey Bogart playing Philip Marlowe. He is surrounded him with other fantastic characters: sadistic talent agents, ambitious mobsters intent on breaking into showbiz, small-time hustlers trying to stay out of the limelight. The setting is Hollywood today, but the mood is L.A. noir: crackling dialogue, a fast-paced plot, and the temptations and illusions unique to the City of Angels.
This was a fun thriller but it wasn't as satisfying as I would have liked. I would have given it three and a half stars but I don't have that choice so I rounded up. I believe this is the author's debut which is a fine first however I didn't really get into the characters much except for one that got killed off. I would also recommend he find a new lead character if he plans to make this a series because while he is supposed to be "the best" he seems pretty dumb (and not in a good way). Also he is not a protagonist that I care much about. The author also likes to use the F word a lot so if you are offended by this avoid this novel. I personally don't mind the cussing yet I think he could have been more creative then just using the F word 90% of the time for all characters. The Hollywood characters were also all cut out of the same mold which showed a bit less imagination than he could have.
Having got all my negatives out of the way the book is still fun and a nice escape. The reader is also good so this is not a bad choice.
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