The Cutting Room

Author(s): Laurence Klavan
Original Publish Date: Mar 01, 2006
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.12 hours)
Product Number: Z100018535
Released: Mar 01, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780792741138
Narrator/s: Nick Sullivan
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Like the hero in a classic Hitchcock thriller, the innocent movie buff at the center of this witty and suspenseful novel finds his ordinary life suddenly transformed when he's plunged into a harrowing game of intrigue, duplicity, and danger. Spurred into a frantic race from New York to Hollywood to Barcelona and back, he'll encounter enough hairpin twists, shocking surprises, white-knuckle tension, and sinister characters to give even the master of suspense himself a serious case of vertigo. But in "this scenario, the mayhem and murder are all too real. Self-proclaimed movie geek and divorced thirty-something Roy Milano lives alone in a cramped Manhattan apartment, toiling as a freelancer to make ends meet. It is a life perfectly suited to the creator of Trivial Man, Roy's self-published newsletter-filled with tidbits of little-known Tinseltown lore for the delight of other fringe-dwelling cinemaphiles. And it's a tantalizing phone call from one such kindred spirit that thrusts Roy headlong into his waking noir nightmare. "I've got The Magnificent Ambersons," declares Alan Gilbert, host of a homemade cable-TV show about the silver screen, who now claims to possess the rarest of the rare: the long-lost and never-released complete print of Orson Welles' classic follow-up to Citizen Kane. But when Roy arrives at his fellow movie maven's abode to sneak a peek at celluloid history, the front door is ominously open, Alan Gilbert is dead, and The Magnificent Ambersons is nowhere in sight. Even though the cops arrest a local drug addict for the murder, Roy knows they're wrong because the theft of the movie masterpiece points to a different kind of junkie, the kind Roy knows only too well-and the kind he is certain only he can catch. But Roy Milano is no Sam Spade, even if he does run into more gun-toting goons, sucker punches, and double-crosses than Bogey on a busy day. And the suspects prove to be anything but usual-including a bodybuilding film fanatic obsessed with bizarre rumors about an A-list actress, a rotund reporter who holds Hollywood in thrall via red-hot Internet dispatches from his parents' basement, and a star-struck street punk with a thousand voices. And then there is the transatlantic love triangle that finds Roy caught between his very own eager Gal Friday and a sultry Spanish siren with a stunning secret. But when the bodies start to fall faster than a box-office bomb, Roy must cut to the chase in his perilous quest to save the Holy Grail of cinema-and unmask a killer-before everything fades to black.

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Author(s): Laurence Klavan
Product Number EB00151045
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: #9780345472083

Professional reviews

"Besides having a superb acting voice, Nick Sullivan knows how to make a reading fun. In Klavan's latest, Sullivan gives a tongue-in-cheek rendition of a hapless detective's search for the long-lost full-length version of an Orson Welles film while bodies pile up around him. Sullivan is not only called upon to portray the detective, who is also a movie aficionado, but also a host of unusual characters. You just can't help chuckling as Sullivan works. There's a plump reporter, caricatures of a couple of sexy women, a street guy, and a chap who's into bodybuilding films. All are augmented by Sullivan's light, sure touch. A.L.H. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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