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Length: 282 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XWC0AO
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Since Tony McFadden left Canada two decades ago he and his wife and two children have lived in the US Virgin Islands, various American cities (LA, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Fairfax), Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and now, finally (and for good), Australia.

All of those places and people have provided a wealth of characters and settings for his books, all filled with thrills, suspense and adventure. More about him can be found at http://www.TonyMcFadden.net

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim McGregor on May 11, 2011
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Australian expat Ellie Bourke is living in Los Angeles and navigating the bewildering and soul-crushing maze of Hollywood. Having achieved a little recognition in a few B-movies, Ellie is struggling to find work and keep her sanity after each audition.

Her only solace is her best friend and roommate Joel, a gay up-and-coming comedian paying his dues in the comic circuit. However Ellie's solace is cut short when Joel dies with a needle is in his arm. Was it suicide or an accidental overdose? Ellie realizes it was neither and becomes increasingly convinced that her best friend was murdered. Ellie's suspicion is dismissed by the police but the more she tries to uncover the truth, the more danger she finds herself in.

In the backdrop of this action, the Hollywood machine grinds on as a group of producers huddle to push a big budget project forward with Ellie getting caught up in their machinations.

There's some fine writing in these pages and scads of humour as Ellie, our Aussie fish-out-of-water is bemused at the Hollywood culture around her. She's a charming protagonist with scads of self resolve as she survives the wiles of tinseltown. She's a perfect, often hilarious, foil to the superficial skulduggery of Hollywood.

A fun read, highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete Barber (Author) on July 13, 2012
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Ellie Bourke is a rookie Australian actress trying to break into the Los Angeles TV and movie scene. When her roommate is found dead in the bath, the police treat the incident as a suicide, but Ellie doesn't agree. The story revolves around her dogged attempts to prove that he was murdered.

I read much of G'Day L.A. with a grin on my face. The writing style is lean and conversational--easy on the eye. The pace is fast, and the dialogue is crisp and believable and often funny.

Ellie's character pops off the page--she's someone you'd want to know, you'd want to succeed. The movie-types that populate the story are larger than life and their back-biting and crazy view of the world is fun to watch--the situations and complexities that arise as the different story threads weave together reminded me more than once of Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty. Not just because the tale is set in LaLa land, but because the characters actions are far from what you'd anticipate, and yet perfectly logical from within their frame of reference. Ellie isn't a master sleuth who `solves' the mystery, rather, through sheer determination, she finds herself in situations that create the conflict and chaos required to make the story work.

A really enjoyable read.

Disclaimer: This review was originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. I may have received a free review copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garyw on December 12, 2013
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A fascinating thing about this book is how every alternate chapter is written in the first person and third person. So, every for every chapter written in third person, there's a chapter after that written by a male author - thinking and feeling as a female.

This means you get the first person 'feel' of the girl realising she might be able to set up the bad guy for a fall. Then, in the next chapter, we get the third person description of the bad guy that's excited at how he has actually set her up, and how she's taken the bait. And so on.

It is worth reading the whole book to get to the fight scene three quarters of the way through. We get a first person description of the fight as the model turned actress struggles with the bad guy - catches him out with a few kicks to sensitive areas! Again, we get both sides of the chase, capture, evasion, retaliation and it keeps you guessing as it turns each corner (a maze of corners would be better analogy).

I also enjoyed the characters... and I dare say anybody who has had anything to do with show business will recognise the 'realness' of these characters - the victims, the exploiters and the rare stable person that can actually make a career out of any type of show business.

As with Mr McFadden's other books, again quite unique, and cleverly executed. I've read a few of his books now and, as ever, will reserve my judgement until I've read all his books, but I am getting ready to make that statement that you only make about great authors: "with Tony McFadden books, you just can't go wrong".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W2 on May 5, 2013
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Well written, nicely developed story line. I've never been in Hollywood or worked in movies, but seems like how such people would behave.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK Mystery Mom on May 3, 2012
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Ellie, an Australian actress, is meeting with some limited success in L.A. Her friend and roommate, Joel, is a struggling comedian and they share career ups and downs, supporting one another. Ellie is blindsided when Joel apparently commits suicide. It isn't long before she finds reason to believe that Joel was actually murdered, and proving it may be the end of Ellie's career and maybe her life.

Ellie and her friends are likeable and the bad guys are hate-able, but they are all real and believable people reacting to the events in sometimes surprising but credible ways. Altogether an excellent story.
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To live and die in L.A.
Thanks for asking, Tim.

I don't "work" in Hollywood, though I did live in Northridge for a year or so (pre-earthquake). Almost everyone I met there had their hand in the movie business in one way or another, mostly behind the scenes. And I'm an avid movie buff so it resonated.

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May 19, 2011 by Anthony McFadden |  See all 2 posts
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