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on September 1, 2016
This book was goofy.
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on November 2, 2010
My title says it all. Not worth the paper it's printed on or the digital space it occupies.
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on August 11, 2010
When I saw a book written by the guy who wrote the screenplays for The Sum of All Fears (Special Collector's Edition),The Manchurian Candidate (Widescreen Edition),Fracture (Widescreen Edition), and Pacific Heights, I snagged it, figuring it'd be crazy thrilling fun like his films. What I didn't expect was how caught up I'd get in the murder mystery, the sweet, tragic romance and the cool characters, nor how hilarious it would all be. Pyne has a delightfully wicked sense of humor.

Like in the best noir, the main character, one-eyed Jack, has a fatal flaw (don't we all...?) -- his recklessness with the hearts of women -- that kicks everything into motion and keeps making things worse and worse while you keep yelling at him to Stop it! And he keeps running across femme fatales who test his flaw until he breaks. Both Mona and Rachel are among the best, most heart-breakingly complicated and fun characters I've read in awhile. Rachel's sort of a younger Lisbeth-in-training (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) (if she's not careful...).

As an added bonus, if you want to know how it feels, tastes, smells to be on a movie set, this is your book. Pyne's funniest chapter takes us to film set and gives us the benefit of his being a screenwriter insider. 'Nuff said.

From the high desert to Marine survival training to Mexico to L.A., Pyne's twists and turns keep you on the edge of your bed while you keep telling yourself that late-night lie: I'll just read one more quick chapter then go to sleep... right up to the answer of whether or not Jack will finally grow up, find some perspective and take responsibility for his actions. The startling and extremely satisfying ending will not be what you expect. Do it, you'll love it!
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