Hollywood, Thursday September 24, 1953—the star-studded West Coast premiere of The Robe, the world’s first Cinemascope epic, lights up Hollywood with searchlights and glamor. But far from the bright lights,private investigator and studio fixer Rick Barker finds a victim of a brutal murder that threatens to blow up into a scandal that could ruin Mount Rushmore Pictures.
In Downtown L.A. a Greyhound bus delivers troubled teenager and wannabe motion picture star Zeke Candy to Tinseltown. As the movie industry launches a fight-back against the onslaught of TV, the City of Angels, where dog eats dog in the quest for fame and riches, reveals its true nature: young Zeke is soon plunged into a maelstrom of exploitation and corruption where his only asset is to be meat for movie moguls, stars, and has-beens in their fabulus homes on Mulholland Drive.
Lowly assistant director and budding screenwriter Jimmy Bourne falls for Zeke, but can he do enough to prise the boy from sex trap he's caught in? Homicide, scandal, and scheming, but also talent, friendship, and the hope of love—all add up to a pulsating drama worthy of the Silver Screen. Will Zeke win out and escape a short-lived future as Mulholland meat?
320 pages, paperback and eBook
Published October 2015
© 2020 Zack / Oliver Frey