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Where The Sun Don't Shine [Kindle Edition]

Alex Metcalf
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A missing girl.
A lost father.
Murder. Mayhem. Tattoos.
Just another day in Venice Beach.

Where The Sun Don't Shine is the story of Marley, a once successful Hollywood player who's tumbled so far down the ladder of success that he’s got almost nothing left. Just a one room apartment on Venice Beach and a fragile relationship with his 16 year old daughter.

Marley’s at the end of his rope when he gets a phone call from an old producing partner who wants to throw Marley some work. Which sounds great until Marley realizes that the “work” is tracking down a missing actress. An actress who may or may not be dead. Every instinct Marley has tells him to walk away. But the lure of easy money is the single thing that everyone in Hollywood has in common.

Marley finds himself thrust into the back alleys of the film industry. Into a nexus of porn, kidnapping, studio politics and the dream-dead denizens of modern Hollywood. Struggling to do the right thing, and to be a father to his daughter, Marley soon finds that everything is at stake: His future, his daughter, even his life…


Product Details

  • File Size: 356 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Restless Ego (June 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058OJ7MU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Noir - Noir - Noir August 21, 2011
By Linder
Format:Kindle Edition
This noir novel set in Hollywood exposes more than the underbelly of the movie industry it features some of the base characteristics of people that the protagonist Marley has the misfortune to be involved with. In particular the book seems to feast on the varieties of exploiters you should pray you will never meet. I hesitate to say much about the plot as I don't want to spoil anything for the reader but I will say that a number of times the book actually made me feel quite ill. If you appreciate a raw emotional examination of fathers and their children and of human beings in general, you will enjoy the book. If not, proceed at your own risk as you'll find little in the way of the goodness of human beings within.

(Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overcast with a chance of thunderstorms August 2, 2011
By Abkriz
Format:Kindle Edition
The description of this book sounded like my type of book. Fast-paced thriller with lots of twists. Sadly, this was not the case. Several times I had to stop and take a breather, but having received a complementary copy to review I decided to finish it. It would have been a great disservice to the author if I had not.

What I did like about the book was the imagery and the overall writing style of the author. I could vividly picture each scene in my mind as I read; truly the mark of a great writer. The storyline also placed the reader into the mind of each character. Marley, especially, was someone with whom we can all relate. A down-on-his luck individual just trying to make one day at a time and live out his dreams.

The chapters of the book that he was in were my favorite and I looked forward to his story. Had the book been written entirely from Marley's perspective I would have given it 5 stars.

Now for why I gave the book 3 stars (I wish I could have bumped it to 3.5 stars):
Some of the content of the novel was too much for my weak and sensitive stomach to handle. Because the writing gave such an intense description of one of the characters and his lifestyle (I don't want to give anything away) I got really upset and had to stop a few times. I should also mention that I am a mom to 2 young daughters which is why some of the chapters were especially difficult for me.

Having said all that I can see this being made into a movie by Tarantino. It would make a great screenplay and I can even picture who the actors would be.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!! July 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Marley is down on his luck. He's gone from living the high life in a fancy house in the Hollywood Hills, to a condo in Brentwood, an apartment in Mar Vista, the backseat of his Mustang, and finally, thanks to a friend giving him a free room in exchange for handywork, Formica Manor, a once grand home now split into single rooms a block and a half from the beach. The best and only thing he has going for him is his 16 year old daughter, who he rarely gets to see as her mother, Marley's ex-wife, calls the shots. An out of the blue phone call from a Buzz, Marley's old business associate and the reason he is down to nothing in his life, will change everything. Buzz needs Marley's help finding his "star" Madison Colfax and he has three days to do it.

Milo came to California to get away and has known he was destined for greatness since he was little and realized his father was scared of him. After leaving a tatoo shop, he notices a girl getting ready to steal a purse, offers to buy it for her if she goes to lunch with him. That's the deal...just have lunch. But things aren't always what they seem as Milo has taken her back to his place to be a part of his sick and twisted plans.

People are not always what they say they are in the backdrop of Hollywood. Where The Sun Don't Shine takes you into the dirty world of the Hollywood scene, where everyone is out for themselves and anyone will do anything for a buck. Where dreams are made but most shatter or never even come true. How you can be on top of world one minute and barely getting by the next. This book sucked me in from the first chapter and didn't let go until the very last word. I highly recommend this one and really hope to see more from this author soon!
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars too much of a bad thing June 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I did not finish this book.Too graphic for me. There is a scene of a porno shoot...yuck! But what ended my reading was when the main character's daughter [16 years old] became part of this sexually explicit book. I also could not read the pages involving Milo...just skipped over those. I have no clue as why he was part of the plot.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still not sure, but couldn't put it down.... September 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book for free to review and then I almost forgot about it. When I did find it, I started reading it and stopped 2 or 3 times before actually finishing it. It was definitely the rougher side of the street type of story and quite graphic, as well. I don't think I liked it, but not because of anything the author did. I just didn't like the story. I did finish it, because as an avid mystery reader, I had to know how it ended, and I refuse to skip to the end. Well written, just not my type of story. You'll have to read and decide for yourself on this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deep Down 'n Dirty in LA May 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is a story somewhere in the muck and mire of this book, but it was way too over-the-top vulgar for my taste (and I am no prude, believe me). I got as far in as 18%, past most every garden variety of foul language known to man, before the protagonist entered what would become a vividly described movie set for a porno flick before I decided enough was enough. I'm a fan of many a hard-boiled mysteries like "Night of the Assassin", "A Deadly Distance", "L. A. Requiem" and "Big City, Bad Blood" but this book was "sick" and I don't mean in a good way. I have since deleted it and have moved on to better reads and am sincerely thankful it was free when I purchased it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!
I was hooked from the first page. Alex Metcalf can spin an interesting story. The book is a quick read and you'll also quickly become a fan of this awesome author.
Published 2 months ago by Sunshine
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I rarely do not finish a book, but I made an exception with this one. Just couldn't stomach it. Totally depressing.
I did not care for any of the characters--too sleazy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my typical read, but...
I don't typically read books about sleazy, unsavory characters, drug users and psychopaths, but I hung in there because the mystery was intriguing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bleak noir novel
I read this book a few months ago and have been meaning to write a review. I loved this book. But I happen to love reading about good characters in difficult circumstances. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bill
1.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
The book was just okay. Not a book I would recommend. I got the book for free. I am glad I did not pay for it.
Published 7 months ago by Doris Ryder
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't come close to finishing it.
I'm surprised at all the rave reviews. I got to chapter 5 and gave up. The plot was so slow and the only action was a dog tearing into a dead seal on the beach. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dragonomine
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say anything more than great!
This book was a surprise with a plot that had more twists than a corkscrew. The characters were real and sometimes sad, with a surprise ending.
Published 11 months ago by Charlie
4.0 out of 5 stars Nasty
This book was nasty and at some points disgusting - but it sucked me in. Like watching a car wreck or a hockey fight. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars the underbelly of the land of sunshine
This novel is about the seedy side of Hollywood—the has-beens and the wanna-bes. Metcalf does a great job painting the scene and his characters elicit emotion from the reader. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shewhirler
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hollywood tale of revenge and redemption
Alex Metcalf does a good job of weaving a story of redemption through the corrupt seedy underside of Hollywood. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Martin Reinders
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