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The Actor's Guide To Greed Hardcover – October 25, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Actor's Guide To...
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758209606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758209603
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,188,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Starred Review. Murder is anything but civilized in Copp's London-based third whodunit (after 2004's The Actor's Guide to Adultery), a riff on Agatha Christie as if channeled by a young Dame Edna. Jarrod Jarvis, has-been actor and gay amateur sleuth, has snagged a pivotal role in Murder Can Be Civilized, a West End play by Wallace Goodwin, the writer who catapulted the boy Jarrod—now a well-preserved 34—to TV stardom. Since Jarrod's latest slasher film flopped, he longs for a hit to please his lover, LAPD cop Charlie Peters. Though thrilled to be working with Claire Richards, a formidable Oscar-winning actress, Jarrod smells trouble when Richards drops dead after the first performance. With his usual nose for clues, Jarrod embarks "on yet another journey to uncover the truth," complicated by Charlie's vanishing with a South Asian hunk. Splice in a missing Oscar, another murder, a cast of irresistible suspects—among them, Claire's Irish boyfriend Liam; Goodwin and wife Katrina; Brit theater icon Dame Sylvia Horner; Bollywood sexpot Akshay Kapoor; and obnoxious director Kenneth Shields—and open the envelope please: another Copp winner.
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"Copp's brisk, jaunty style and wonderfully smooth prose keeps things moving along at a merry clip" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Rick Copp was two years out of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts when he was tapped at 24 years old to become a staff writer on the enormously popular NBC sitcom The Golden Girls in 1988. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, especially for a boy from Bar Harbor, Maine, who grew up dreaming of living underneath the famous Hollywood sign, a dream that became a reality soon after his arrival in Los Angeles.

He spent the next five years writing for a number of series including the critically acclaimed and commercially successsful hits NBC's Wings, FOX's Flying Blind and HBO's Dream On.

In 1995, he teamed up with screenwriter Laurice Elehwany, who wrote the popular MaCauley Culkin comedy drama My Girl and together they co-wrote the big screen TV remake The Brady Bunch Movie, which was a major box office hit for Paramount Pictures. This led to many more feature writing assignments for Universal, Warner Brothers, Imagine Entertainment, The Jim Henson Company among others as well as uncredited rewrites on Howard Stern's Private Parts and The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas.

But Rick has also stayed very busy in television co-creating and executive producing a campy, fun TV revival of the '80s David Hasselhoff hit Team Knight Rider where he also played the recurring role of Clayton the Chef. He's written for a wide variety of series including Secret Agent Man, Barbershop, executive produced by Ice Cube, and Jack of All Trades starring Bruce Campbell. He's created and written many television pilots for most of the major networks including ABC, CBS, MTV, Lifetime, USA, Nickoleon and Logo including two produced one hour prime time mystery pilots Homewood P.I. for CBS starring Tony Danza and Soccer Moms for ABC starring Kristin Davis. Recently he's written five episodes of the late night Cinemax anthology crime series Femme Fatales under the pen name Richard Hollis, which also provided him the opportunity to return to acting playing a befuddled professor in three episodes. Acting is a hobby Rick still loves to indulge.

Rick has always kept a strong presence in children's television programming as well, which began with him co-writing the popular animated feature Scooby Doo and the Witch's Ghost. Its success led to him writing multiple episodes of the Cartoon Network smash hit Teen Titans as well as story editing the first season of Warner Brothers' Loonatics Unleashed. His passion in life is traveling so it was a special treat for him to work abroad on another successful animated series called Chi Rho -The Secret produced by Cross Media and broadcast by KiKa in Germany.

In 2001, Rick decided to fulfill another goal and write a mystery novel. He had been playing around with a character named Jarrod Jarvis, a former child star on a hit '80s sitcom called Go to Your Room! who had his very own catch phrase, "Baby, don't even go there!" Jarrod's unbridled curiosity led him to investigate a series of sordid Hollywood murder mysteries in between acting audtions. The first book The Actor's Guide to Murder (Kensington, Nov 2003) was very well received and was followed by two sequels The Actor's Guide to Adultery (Kensington, Nov 2004) and The Actor's Guide to Greed (Kensington, Nov 2005), which was nominated for a LAMBDA Literary Award for Best Mystery. He wrote a stand alone book called Fingerprints & Facelifts (Kensington, July 2007), an homage to his favorite TV series as a child, Charlie's Angels. A crack team of female private investigators known as the LA Dolls, who had a very successful detective business in the late '80s were long retired and living separate lives, but were forced to reunite when someone from their past began targeting their children. Lifetime Television optioned the book for a TV movie and hired Rick to adapt his own novel as a teleplay.

Another childhood obsession of Rick's was collecting comic books and he was able to realize yet another dream by writing a graphic novel Celebrity Zombie Killers (Ape Entertainment, March 2010), best described as "a twisted, hilarious mash-up of MTV's The Hills meets 28 Days Later."

In 2010, when Rick's sister won an award for her cooking column in their hometown's local paper, he saw an opportunity. He writes mysteries. She writes recipes. Combine the two for a new book series. And the Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails Mystery series was born. The brother and sister writing team are collaborating on three books under the pen name Lee Hollis, Death of a Kitchen Diva (Kensington, March 2012), Death of a Country Fried Redneck (Kensington, November 2012) and Death of a Coupon Clipper (Kensington, 2013).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Keith on March 22, 2006
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I bought this based on the overall good reviews and the fact that I like light/cozy mysteries. I had just finished Joe Keenan's hilarious new book "My Lucky Star," and perhaps my standards for funny escapist fiction were unnaturally high because of that. Whatever the reason, this book fell flat for me.

As another reviewer observed, it's loaded with errors and the plot is incredibly unrealistic. Normally I can live with the first and what the heck, I've been known to live with the second. I mean, I was a Xena: Warrior Princess fan, and in the Xenaverse, Alexander the Great and Julius Ceasar were contemporaries. Accuracy? Realism? Ptooey.

But to make that leap, something in the story has to take you by the hand and get you there, and this book didn't do it. We're told he loves his cop boyfriend, but we never see it or feel it. We're told these actors are good or bad, but again, we never see it or feel it. Not even on the level of a farce or screwball comedy. It's just kind of dull.

There's nothing horrible about this book, and it's a good enough way to fill an hour or two, maybe while on a plane ride or at the beach. But there are better fluffy escapist books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phelps Gates VINE VOICE on January 16, 2006
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Another winner in the series of books about Jerrod Jarvis, ex sitcom child star and self-described "high maintenance boyfriend". A lot of laugh-out-loud zingers and a hilariously Dickensian mop-things-up finale that left me gasping. The plot, I hesitate to say, is the most utterly preposterous that I've ever encountered, but Copp keeps things moving along so fast you forget to disbelieve. A few signs of hasty writing in this every-six-months series (a dinner gets paid for twice, on p. 149 and again on p. 150), but it's just as much fun as the first two books, and I look forward to the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua L. Vandyne on April 20, 2006
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I am a huge fan of 'The Actors Guide to...' series. The series not only features a head scratching whodunit, but it is absolutely hilarious. Jarrod Jarvis is a "self-obsessed, sarcastic, career-obsessed former child star", it might sound like he's a character that one would hate but it is the exact opposite. Jarrod is one of the most charming and funny characters I've come across in quite a while. He also has a beefy, hunky policeman for a boyfriend, Charlie. In this entry Jarrod is off to London to do a play with an all star cast and during the opening night Oscar winner and the plays lead Claire Richard, Jarrod's one ally in the play, is murdered. From that point on the book begins to take twists and turns until a staisfying ending. The main disappointment for me was the lack of interaction between Jarrod and Charlie, I enjoyed their playful banter that was found in the previous series and hopefully there will be future books and Charlie will have a larger role. A great book, fun and entertaining. This book definitely won't disappoint fans of the mystery genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Manuel on February 22, 2006
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I've read all three "The Actor's Guide to" books by Rick Copp, and this latest installment is certainly evidence that Rick keeps getting better and better with every book he writes. The humor is sharper, the twists are more harrowing, and the fun of it is like riding a roller coaster!

Greed opens a few short months where the second book ended with Jarrod watching himself in the horror movie he's sorry he ever made. When Jarrod gets an offer to star in a new play penned by a former sitcom writer for his show "Go to Your Room" he jumps at the chance, especially when he finds out he'll be opening in London!

The murderous mayhem of the play imitates life as someone in the cast ends up dead, and when Jarrod is considered a suspect it's up to him to find the real culprit and clear his name.

We travel from Los Angeles, to London, to Greece, to Mykenos for a thrill ride of witty humor and intelligent intrigue.

The best part, for me, of Rick Copp's books is the continued and deepining relationship between Jarrod and his partner Charlie, it's nice to see an important part of such a story take the front seat next to the murders, as it should be!

I hope to see more from Rick Copp in the near future, he's definately got my attention, and I'll be on the look out for more of his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ellen VINE VOICE on January 15, 2006
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The Actor's Guide series is a delight - and this latest book is a hoot - this time our hero, Jarrod Jarvis, former child star, is treading the boards in London's west end in a play written by a former writer of his show - things go downhill by the end of the opening night. These books are sharply written and delightfully funny - if you enjoy a great mystery get it - also read the previous Guides to catch up on the cast of characters. (although this can be a stand alone book) - I love the books, and would love to have a friend like Jarrod. I think you will too.
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