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Daniel Depp is a former Hollywood screenwriter and film producer whose first full-length screenplay, THE BRAVE, was nominated for a Palme D'Or at Cannes. Daniel now divides his time between California and the south of France.


When David Spandau, a former stuntman turned private investigator, is hired to protect movie star Bobby Dye from mobster (and would be movie producer) Richie Stella, he finds himself embroiled in a world of drugs, blackmail and murder. Don Leslie's deep-voiced, matter-of-fact delivery fits perfect with the author's hard-boiled prose. Both writer and reader sparkle in the dialogue: the opening scene where two bickering thugs are charged with picking up a dead body is both morbid and laugh-out-loud funny. Leslie is adept in his characterizations of numerous Hollywood types, giving each their own distinctive voice. But it is his interpretation of Spandau, whose world-weariness seeps through his wisecracks, that reaches out to the listener. Depp has created a classic American PI, with a nice Tinseltown twist, and Leslie expertly brings him to life. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 19). (Mar.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

In this new series debut, someone is blackmailing up-and-coming movie star Bobby Dye, and PI David Spandau, a former Hollywood stuntman, is hired to find out who and why as well as to protect the actor. Depp, whose screenplay for The Brave (1997) was nominated for a Palme d'Or at Cannes, offers an insider's view of the movie industry and life in Los Angeles in this occasionally humorous and entertaining-if a bit predictable-novel. The author is actor Johnny Depp's half-brother, and name recognition alone will attract interest. Don Leslie (American Prince) reads competently, though his Irish brogue is distracting and ineffective. Recommended for lovers of mystery and crime fiction.-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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