I grew up in New York City in the Sixties. Graduated in the mid-Seventies from U.C. Berkeley, where I studied creative writing with the poet Thom Gunn. Returning to New York, I worked as a rock journalist, writing for Circus, Creem and Rolling Stone. (I was lucky enough to interview and profile such seminal Punk and New Wave bands as Talking Heads, Ramones, Blondie, and Television when they were all but unknown outside of Lower Manhattan.) Sold my first screenplay to Warner Bros. just before my 30th birthday, then moved out to L.A. with my girlfriend Marla -- now my wife -- and have written or rewritten a dozen Hollywood movies (including True Believer, Arachnophobia, Cape Fear, Wolf, The Saint, Return To Paradise, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and done numerous production polishes on films by Tim Burton, John Woo and others. Since 1995 I've been a creative adviser at the Sundance Institute's Screenwriters Lab (helping talented people who may or may not have needed my help, like Miguel Arteta, Sherman Alexie and Miranda July). "Out There in the Dark" is my first novel, "Whirlybird" is my second. Marla and I have two sons -- one named for Jake Gittes, the other for Sam Spade.
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by Wesley Strick
Published: June 20, 2011
Spring, 1980. A fugitive from justice flees L.A. for Europe. As Duncan Hull tries to stay one step ahead of Interpol, a pair of CIA operatives comes to suspect he's an opposition agent, sent abroad to disrupt the imminent Delta Force rescue of U.S. hostages from our Tehran embassy. What follows is a blackly comic collision of cultures, motives, secrets and lies.
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