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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Hollywood goes Hollyweird in this intense, provocative thriller about power, war, and the portrayal of women in film from Brundage (Somebody Else's Daughter). When Hedda Chase, a producer at Gladiator Films, rejects The Adjuster, a violently sexist movie script by insurance underwriter Hugh Waters, Hugh makes a special trip from his home in New Jersey to L.A. After locating where she lives, he confronts Hedda in her driveway and demands an explanation. Unhappy with her response, he drugs and stuffs Hedda in the trunk of her vintage BMW. He drives the car to an LAX parking lot and walks away. Hugh proceeds to befriend Hedda's boyfriend, married documentary filmmaker Tom Foster, and otherwise make a new life for himself, ditching his wife and job back in Jersey while Hedda barely clings to life. Brundage brilliantly shifts back and forth between Hugh, Hedda, and Denny, an injured Iraq war veteran, who plays a key role in Hedda's fate. The action culminates in illuminating revelations about the intersection of theater with reality.
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When a production company buys Hugh Waters’ film script, the insurance underwriter envisions a new life for himself as a Hollywood screenwriter. But his dreams are dashed when producer Hedda Chase drops the project, rejecting its premise: a man whose advances are rebuffed by his female coworker drugs the woman, puts her in the trunk of his car, and leaves the car to be stolen, with violent results. So Hugh replicates his script, leaving Hedda in the trunk of her own BMW at the airport; when the car is taken by Denny, an Iraq vet still suffering the aftereffects of the war, Hugh feels absolved of responsibility. Brundage changes both person and point of view in sections about Hedda, describing her innermost feelings about being a powerful female in a man’s world, and about Denny and his thoughts on the war. Insightful as these character studies are, they slow the thriller’s development and will appeal more to literary-fiction readers. Still, Brundage (Somebody Else’s Daughter, 2008) excels at pushing her characters to their limits and then reflecting on the consequences of their behavior. --Michele Leber

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  • File Size: 635 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0452297095
  • Publisher: Plume (June 9, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NX7OCS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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