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The Trigger Episode: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 27, 2007
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Set in contemporary Hollywood, Straw's slick debut opens with a promising setup. Bonnie Quinn, the difficult star of TV's Thanks for Sharing, goes missing just before shooting the show's 100th episode, which will ensure a fortune in syndication. For help in finding Quinn, the program's producer turns to a Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist named Hardwick, who has taken to the sordid world of paparazzi journalism with gusto after getting in hock to loan sharks. Hardwick is surprised to discover that pictures he takes of Quinn's "dressing room–cum–residence" show lots of books by such authors as Dickens, Tolstoy, Joyce, Hemingway and Faulkner ("Most I recognized as the first editions I drooled over in the rare book shops near the Beverly Center"). But despite a hero with excellent literary taste, Straw, himself a Hollywood writer and director, delivers a routine thriller that reads more like a screenplay than a novel. (May)
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The popular sitcom Thanks for Sharing is about to tape its one-hundredth episode, the number that triggers a series' lucrative syndication run (hence the book's title). There is only one problem: the show's notoriously temperamental star, Bonnie Quinn, has vanished. The producer hires Hardwick, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer now scratching out a living as a paparazzo, to find his wandering star and get her back in time for the taping. It should be a simple assignment for a guy who makes a living finding stars who don't want to be found, but it quickly gets complicated. And before he knows it, Hardwick is playing detective, with deadly consequences. The author, a veteran sitcom writer, keeps the proceedings moving along at a nice, light clip, and he obviously knows his way around a television studio and its assorted personalities. Pitch this one to fans of mysteries set in the entertainment world, who will love taking a trip behind the scenes of a TV series. David Pitt
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Of course, for every person who will claim that Tom Straw is the REAL author of Richard Castle's books, there is a person who will claim that Richard Castle is the real author of Tom Straw's book.
Great characters, pitch-perfect dialogue and a fascinating plot that keeps you guessing until the last chapter. Straw has the nuances and attitudes of modern Hollywood down cold and describes Los Angeles with a lovingly jaded eye that LA residents (like me) will really appreciate.
So if you're in the mood for a great read, some belly laughs and a peek into the twisted funhouse that is Hollywood, look no further and pull the trigger on "The Trigger Episode!"