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LA lawyer Dave Pike must find money missing from a movie production without offending director Michelle McDonald. The audit points to Michelle, but when Pike confronts her, he is soon starring in a drama all his own -- only the twists aren't rehearsed, the danger isn't make-believe, and he stands a good chance of vanishing, just like the money. "Leaves you jangled and fizzing with adrenaline."

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Review by: Pat P on Aug. 20, 2010 :
Although this is a work of fiction, the facts that appear in it (for example, information about organized crime figures who were involved with unions in the movie industry) are surprisingly accurate. The guy has done his research.

Also, as a California attorney, I can say that his descriptions of what it's like practicing law in California are accurate. (Not that I've ever had any clients murdered, or involved with selling cocaine -- but the details of the day-to-day stuff are spot on.)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Zaur Y on Aug. 20, 2010 :
David Pike, a Los Angeles lawyer, is consulted by Maurice Baranowitz, a movie producer with a problem. Maurice thinks money is missing from the bank account of one of his production companies. But he doesn't want to offend his Director, Michelle ('Mickey') McDonald by being the one who asks questions about it. He's worked with her often, and almost thinks of her as a daughter. So he wants Pike to say he's acting on behalf of another investor in the production company, get the books, and have them audited -- but without saying it was Maurice's idea.

When Mickey finishes the project she's working on for Maurice, she wants to make her own film -- a film that will establish her reputation as a director. She's optioned the movie rights to a book by a major novelist, and wants to film it using her own money so she won't have to make compromises with producers or studios. Although it's only gradually revealed, she 'skimmed' $50,000 from Maurice's production company and used the money to buy cocaine, which she has been selling to raise working capital.

These events form the plot armature of the novel, but there's a lot more going on -- subplots involving the guys that Mickey buys the cocaine from, the ex-FBI agent that Pike hires to look over the books of the production company, Pike's about-to-be ex-girlfriend, and more.

The characters are all well drawn and are real people. They do outrageous things, but the things never feel forced -- they're driven by the character's personality and motivations. After they happen, they're logical, but you don't see them coming.

When it's over, you feel as if you've just walked away from a near collision in your car -- shaken, jangled, and fizzing with adrenaline.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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