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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.
The 500+ pages fly like the bullets within its pages, starting off as a suspense thriller and winding down as a bitter, satyrical legal drama. Garton's characters are quirky and unique, the kind of people Quentin Tarantino or Oliver Stone would have a field day with on screen. Sometimes they're serious, sometimes they're touching, sometimes they're humorous. But they're ALWAYS dangerous.
Garton paints a mean picture of the LA/Hollywood scene, with just enough spice to nail the pop culture phenomenon and America's enamoration with it as well. The book's labeled a horror novel, but it's not the events themselves that make it so.
No, it's the fact that these things could happen tomorrow is what scares the crap out of me.
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