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Sex and Violence in Hollywood Hardcover – October 1, 2001
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Nasty, raucous, at times hilarious, Garton's (Live Girls) latest delivers what the title promises, in spades. But the core of the book is a sensational murder trial clearly inspired by the O.J. Simpson case. The cast features an abrasive female judge who swoons over the film stars who flit in and out of the courtroom, tongue-tied prosecuting attorneys, a nerdy defendant who reserves his right to silence, and Rona Horowitz, a pint-sized, high-octane defense lawyer. Even Johnny Cochran, among a host of real-life celebrities, makes a brief appearance. The defendant may be guilty as hell, but part of the fun is watching dynamo Rona cook up one outrageous legal trick after another to try to extricate her client. Meanwhile, the story's hero, young buck Adam Julian, is sleeping with his hated schlock-film producer father's new wife, as well as her underage but wildly sexed, drugged and dangerous daughter, Alyssa. Alyssa is the unlikely chip the author will eventually cash in to supply enough gore for two or three more trips to the courtroom. Other grotesques include a porn filmmaker with a stable of young boys available for rent, a maimed explosives maker, and Adam's fat friend Carter, who unfortunately dashes outside screaming with a realistic-looking water pistol just as two nervous cops are approaching. This over-the-top excursion into the underside of Tinseltown provides more thrills than a high-speed car chase on an L.A. freeway. (Oct.)Forecast: While technically a crime novel, this deluxe limited edition will be quickly snatched up by fans of Garton's horror fiction.
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Hopefully I will be able to update this review later, but right now I am not sure I will,finish the book
UPDATE - I finished the book and stand by my rating and original overall comment. Looooooong book that was a bit slow to get started. It finally did introduce a character I enjoyed. I could read more about her and her team, for sure. (SPOILER - The character would no longer be edgy or innovative. If she were a very short woman, Viola Davis could be playing the character)
The book makes for a good read overall, but I was disappointed by a number of things and felt some things were left unfinished.
SPOILERS ....... SPOILERS ..... SPOILERS ........... SPOILERS ....
1) I was hoping the lead's punishments would be that the bad girl would turn back up alive and he'd be stuck with her.
2) The ending seemed a big stretch (not what the 'good' girl did, but that after just winning at the trial .... the lead guy wouldn't do what he had to do to get out of the latest situation. Yes, I kind of expected a murder-suicide set up so he could walk away). The lead was not a good guy, so I wasn't expecting him to get a happy ending. But he was already a killer, so .......
3) I was expecting a reveal that the super effective defense attorney would be taking on the (lying) surprise witness as her next client.
But I didn't write the book and overall think Garton is a great writer and I really enjoyed his take on Hollywood. There were laughs to be had and funny references throughout.
It's absolutely criminal that Ray Garton's Sex and Violence in Hollywood is not a huge bestseller, snapped up by some hip indie studio who paid Joe Eszterhas waaaayyy too much cash to turn it into a sexually explicit, offensive piece of pulpy celluloid. I mean that in the kindest possible way.
A short synopsis, without giving a damn thing away: Adam is convinced his movie producer father killed his mother. In his wildest daydreams, he'd like to prove it and get even. Currently, Daddy's bedding something of a black widow, whose daughter, Rain, is plenty of trouble herself. Meanwhile, Adam meets the girl of his dreams, who idly wonders what it'd be like to off her folks as well . . .
Sound trashy? It absolutely is. And it's art, too. Ask any fan of Pulp Fiction if you can't do both. First published in a small press Subterranean Press edition that I probably would have never found, it's now available here, along with many other titles from Garton's back catalogue. Which I'll be checking out post-haste.
On its slick surface, Sex and Violence in Hollywood reads like the behind the scenes happenings of an uber juicy tabloid tale. But just underneath is real heartbreak, real humor and a human landscape that only feels truly alive in the midst of a televised life. More timely than when it was first released, and replete with an absolute shocker of a conclusion that feels horribly perfect, Sex and Violence in Hollywood is not just a stunner, but a classic.
So do yourself a favor -- download the book and settle in for a long, fantastic read, full of laughs, memorable characters, titillating sex and over-the-top but fitting plot twists. You won't be sorry . . .
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