Willie Talburt, a talented but down-and-out screenwriter, thinks his luck is changing when he snatches $300 off a drunk's shoes at a legendary West Hollywood bistro and then meets exotic Veronica Blainewell. He would do anything to see his name on one of the giant billboards that loom high over the Sunset Strip, and she offers him the chance. But the deal and the dame don't turn out to be as sweet as Willie's dreams. Sunset Stripped is a cautionary tale concerning sexual obsession, blackmail, and murder. It's the roaring '80s, a time of greed, cocaine, and Iran-Contra. Narcissism is the fashion, AIDS is the new reality, and Ronald Reagan is snoozing at the wheel.
by M.D. Baer
by Phillip Hunter
by Matthew Pollard, Derek Lewis
by Edgar Allan Poe
by Marcus Cowper
by David Christian
by Atia Abawi
by Stuart J. Eisendraft, M.D., Zindel V. Segal
by William S. Burroughs
by Louise Candlish
by Jake Wallis Simons
by Jane Fallon
"Southern California has grown into such a fertile field of inspiration for today's fictionalists that literary discourse may justifiably speak of The Hollywood Novel as a genre. The Hollywood Novel celebrates, embracingly or censoriously, the decadent, unscrupulous wackos who are connected one way or another with the entertainment industry. Sarcasm is its usual tone. Such is SUNSET STRIPPED, which employs a cast so huge that the dramatis personae has to be printed on the package. Actor Jamie Cohen, impersonating the charmless, screenwriting hero-narrator, does a workmanlike job with this fare, though he's unable, unwilling or just too embarrassed to handle the sex scenes with appropriate eroticism. Y.R. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine "
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