by Jonathan Lynn
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Pub Date 25 Jan 2018 | Archive Date 03 Apr 2018
Ernest Mayday, a best-selling British author living in a Hollywood Hills mansion with a beautiful masseuse, has everything that money can buy - except an idea for his next book.
Then he replies to the personal ad placed by the mysterious, tantalizing Joanna. She needs money, fast, and will do anything to get it. Compromising a juror on a major fraud trial is just the beginning of an increasingly labyrinthine plot - a plot that Ernest realizes will make the perfect novel.
But is Ernest observer or voyeur? When does fact end and fiction begin? What is the truth about the Reverend Abel Pile and the sinister Angel of Darkness? Suddenly Ernest finds he is no longer calling the shots - and the bullets are real!
A Note From the Publisher
"Very funny - will keep you turning the pages right to the surprising end." - Eric Idle
"At last, a thought-filled, mystery-laced, laugh-packed, cynical, satirical knockout novel that takes on L.A.'s cluttered, complex culture, the gratuitous embroidery of American speech, the seismic idiocy of the movie business, feel-good religion, feel-bad psychoanalysis, academian nuts. single sex and group as well. Move over, Raymond Chandler and Nathaniel West, Jonathan Lynn has hit L.A." - Larry Gelbart
"Jonathan Lynn, with his marvellous sense of the comic and his artist's eye for detail has, like Thackeray, spun an unforgettable portrait of the exotic denizens of L.A. - engrossing, scathingly funny, original." - Oliver Sacks
"It is several satirical novels for the price of one, all jostling and milling and spraying their targets with unrestrained vigour." - Times Literary Supplement
"The funniest novel I have read in ages" - John Mortimer
"Lynn, author of Yes, Minister and creator and co-writer of the BBC series based on that and other books, has a cinematic writing style that lends itself well to the story and substance of the book. A multi-layered comic romp." - Kirkus Review
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