The Deal: A Novel of Hollywood

By Peter Lefcourt
Read by William H. Macy

8.95 Hours 12/03/2007 unabridged
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Washed-up Hollywood producer Charlie Berns has mailed in his updated obit and is about to suck his Mercedes tailpipe and fade to black when a miracle materializes: his nephew, a wannabe screenwriter from New Jersey, has scripted the life story of Queen Victoria’s prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli. Charlie manages to turn the script into a hot property—reinstating him as a player. But as the deal heats up, conceptual changes morph the project into Lev Disraeli: Freedom Fighter, an action thriller with a black Jewish superstar, a Yugoslavian location, and a mad Polish director. Is Charlie being eaten alive by the system? Or is he giving Hollywood hotshots a run for their money? Peter Lefcourt’s hilarious satire proves the old adage that, in Hollywood, you’re never quite as dead as people give you credit for.

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Summary

Summary

Washed-up Hollywood producer Charlie Berns has mailed in his updated obit and is about to suck his Mercedes tailpipe and fade to black when a miracle materializes: his nephew, a wannabe screenwriter from New Jersey, has scripted the life story of Queen Victoria’s prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli. Charlie manages to turn the script into a hot property—reinstating him as a player. But as the deal heats up, conceptual changes morph the project into Lev Disraeli: Freedom Fighter, an action thriller with a black Jewish superstar, a Yugoslavian location, and a mad Polish director. Is Charlie being eaten alive by the system? Or is he giving Hollywood hotshots a run for their money?

Peter Lefcourt’s hilarious satire proves the old adage that, in Hollywood, you’re never quite as dead as people give you credit for.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A good-natured romp through the dream factory.” New York Times Book Review
“Screenwriter Lefcourt’s first novel is a hilariously entertaining insider’s look at the business of making movies…A cast of colorful, memorable characters and dexterous, witty writing make this a laugh-out-loud, thoroughly enjoyable novel.” Publishers Weekly
“[Lefcourt’s] first novel is the wittiest, friskiest Hollywood satire to come off the freeway in several years.” Library Journal
“The plot moves cleverly and quickly, while the characters are believable…Mature YAs interested in the movie industry will need no cues for laughs.” School Library Journal
“Macy certainly does justice to the characters. He gives pitch-perfect voice to Charlie Berns…Macy also delivers especially memorable turns portraying Lefcourt’s lovable eccentrics.” Publishers Weekly (audio review)

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Author

Author Bio: Peter Lefcourt

Peter Lefcourt is a screenwriter, Emmy Award-winning television writer, and the nationally bestselling author of seven novels.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 8.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English