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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Printing edition (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476750343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476750347
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Fusco channels Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino in this vivid, action-packed tale of Asian gangsters and Hollywood moviemaking.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Both Louie and the novel are wise and gently humorous, tougher than they seem, and casual about their mastery of craft. What follows is a fine romp, with sex, drugs, murder, and car chases, but savvy readers will notice the underlying seriousness. And the insider stunt lore is priceless.”

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"This is a poisonously funny Hollywood noir nightmare, smart and savage. I loved it." (Warren Ellis, author of Red and Gun Machine)

“I was always a big fan of Elmore Leonard, and now I’m a big fan of John Fusco. Dog Beach is a gem: A Hollywood novel by a guy who knows Hollywood. In this wonderful world of stuntmen and screenwriters, rising stars and falling producers, everyone is a step away from a blockbuster–if they can just stay alive to the final reel. Fast and funny and filled with surprises.” (Chris Bohjalian)

About the Author

John Fusco is the author of Paradise Salvage, which was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel. He has written ten major motion pictures, including Young Guns, Hidalgo, and the Academy Award-nominated Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Fusco is the creator of the Netflix Original Series Marco Polo and has also just written the long-awaited sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Most recently, he has adapted Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist for the Weinstein Company. He lives on a farm in Northern Vermont with his wife.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank R. Errington on September 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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The Malibu locals call Las Flores, "Dog Beach." Troy, a budding film-maker, and his housemates call their two-story beach crib the Dog House, and call themselves the Dogs of Entropy.

Louie Mo, is a former Hong Kong stuntman extraordinaire, who is now getting by as a hired knee-breaker in LA, putting fear into the hearts of people reneging on payments to investors.

When Louie Mo shows up at the Dog House to "encourage" Troy to pay his investors, Troy recognizes Louie and winds up convincing him to star in his next project.

Dog Beach is a high-octane, quick read, that is a lot like watching a Jackie Chan film and just as much fun.

I enjoyed the way the author developed the back-stories for the principal characters, giving the reader a clear picture of what drove them to do what they did, and I also liked the way he gave us just enough of a look into the movie-making process without getting too bogged down in the details.

The action was fast-paced, start-to-finish, as Louie Mo had to remain one step ahead of the Chinese mob, a monster ex-NFL lineman, and two ex wives. While at the same time Troy is trying to deal with his producer and some angry Guatemalan investors. Plus, I loved the twist in the book's climatic chase scene.

Overall, a fun read and John Fusco is an author I'd like to read again sometime.

Dog Beach is being published on September 9, 2014 by Simon & Schuster's Toouchstone division and will be available in bookstores and from many online retailers.

Recommended.
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By col2910 on October 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The first read of the month and a cracking start. 5 stars and it doesn’t get any better than that.

240 pages, so not over-long, great pace, plenty of action, one of my favourite settings – LA, with a bit of the action flipping back in time to the equally exotic setting of Hong Kong. Our story focuses around Troy, a young ambitious film-maker in the middle of his latest flick. A visit from a Chinese leg-breaker sent to put the frighteners on Troy, has Troy all of a flutter. His erstwhile attacker is someone he recognises from the Hong Kong film world. All of a sudden Troy and his gang of cohorts are running in a different direction with a new film project and Louie Mo as the star.

Fusco writes great characters. Troy is likeable, idealistic, obsessed and a little bit naïve. Louie Mo is interesting and determined; there’s an air of sadness and regret about him as he stoically drags his past around with him, whilst resigned to a life as an enforcer for low-level crims. We get the back stories of our dynamic duo, which adds substance to our tale without interrupting the narrative.

Troy’s posting of a preview scene on You Tube of his proposed Louie Mo blockbuster, brings parts of Louie’s past back into the present and ratchets the tension. The supporting cast, especially Louie’s driver, the mysterious Dutch are interesting and funny. Fusco also has some fun with his dialogue and banter, particularly with Louie at times failing to grasp intent in conversations with his less than perfect English. Great dialogue, great action, satisfying conclusion. Quite cinematic, whether our screenwriter author has one eye on a screenplay for this, I don’t know. I’d watch it.

All in all, extremely satisfying.
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By charles e balis on November 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A creative work by one of the most talented men of our time. fusco has written innumerable first rate screenplays for television & film, has faught to preserve a special breed of horses (formed a foundation which influenced a friend....Jack Palance..to contribute a horse to help perpetuate the breed), became fascinated by martial arts when witnessing professional stunt men performing on movie sets. He delved into Thai Kwon Do and became quite proficient. Over the years he spent many hours with the top stunt men in the film business....ate lunches on the sets with them and worked out with them daily. This gave him a special feel and insight into the professional stunt person world. He knew the real danger..he saw the mishaps & knew intimately how badly injured some of them were. Hence John's "Dog Beach". it is very involving adventure, so well constructed that the tension gets quite breathtaking and the reader feels the danger & pain because John has, in a sense been there. Its a great story/adventure.
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By Michael G. VINE VOICE on December 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Dog Beach by John Fusco is a rollicking, irreverent, over-the-top Southern California comedy novel about movies, kung fu, kung fu movies and purloined sports memorabilia. At least that's the way it starts out. Surprisingly, the mood of the novel becomes more somber in the second half when the tragic back stories of certain characters are revealed.
Author John Fusco is an accomplished screenwriter who knows a thing or two about effective storytelling. One of the most compelling aspects of Dog Beach is the way Fusco sets up his characters as unidimensional stereotypes and then proceeds to dismantle those stereotypes right before the reader's eyes. A deceptively intelligent novel. Highly recommended.
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