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Hillary Louise Johnson is the author of the novel Physical Culture (Poseidon Press, 1989) and essay collection Super Vixens' Dymaxion Lounge (St. Martin's Press, 1997). She has written about business, technology and innovation for Inc. Magazine and is co-author of the bestselling business book, The Elements of Scrum (Dymaxicon, 2011).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Dymaxicon (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937965031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937965037
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,339,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amy Alkon on March 27, 2012
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I loved this book -- it takes the Hollywood we think we know and has its way with it. Just the idea of the Hollywood hitwoman made me want to read this book, and then I opened a few pages and saw how funny it is. Tight writing, hilarious dialogue and scenarios, and a book that kept me awake reading -- and laughing -- into the wee hours. I also loved the real people who made appearances in the book -- my favorite being hit assignment lady Anne Thompson, barking into her phone. Just brilliant.
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It's been a long time since I've found a book I could really get lost in, laugh with, connect with on an intellectual level - and realize I'd read the whole thing in about two sittings. This is that book.

As they say, it's called "show business" - not "show friends". This book drives to the heart of what makes Hollywood run, and brings a fun, edgy perspective that isn't as far-fetched as it might seem. Trying to guess who's who, waiting to see who's next, and getting inside the mind of Carlotta Novak - a singularly cerebral, sexy, all too real character who doesn't take herself too seriously - all make for a read you'll remember. The most fun I've had for less than $5 since, well, ever.
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I actually fantasized calling in sick so I could keep reading this book.
The characters are all interesting, putting together their abilities at strategic underachieving to unravel a mystery involving Hollywood's most alluring couple. Loved all the Hollywood cultural references to art, place and style.
What a smart mystery, it didn't unfold like I thought it would.
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Carlotta's got your back - or not. Depends on your value to the studio money men and how SHE measures your worth. She's cool and cagey with a moral code that trumps the Dali Lama's. After reading Shooting Stars I'm ready to off a few studio execs and dudes in robes. But then again, I'd rather pay Carlotta to do it! Hillary Johnson has created an unforgettable character. A hit woman with a conscience - who knew? I'm hooked and can't wait for the next Carlotta Novak mystery.
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I recommend this story for even people like myself who proclaim that they have no interest in, or knowledge of the inner workings of Hollywood. It's a surprisingly humane look at the star making machinery, the murderess is oddly likable for her humor and insight. The pull of the characters, the heart racing action and the strong feeling of location also make me believe that "Shooting Stars" would be a fun movie.
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