The Cutting Room

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2006
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Like the
hero in a classic Hitchcock thriller, the innocent movie buff at the center of
this witty and suspenseful novel finds his ordinary life suddenly transformed
when he's plunged into a harrowing game of intrigue, duplicity, and danger.
Spurred into a frantic race from New York to Hollywood to Barcelona and back,
he'll encounter enough hairpin twists, shocking surprises, white-knuckle
tension, and sinister characters to give even the master of suspense himself a
serious case of vertigo. But in "this scenario, the mayhem and murder are
all too real.


Self-proclaimed
movie geek and divorced thirty-something Roy Milano lives alone in a cramped
Manhattan apartment, toiling as a freelancer to make ends meet. It is a life
perfectly suited to the creator of Trivial
Man
, Roy's self-published newsletter—filled with tidbits of little-known
Tinseltown lore for the delight of other fringe-dwelling cinemaphiles. And it's
a tantalizing phone call from one such kindred spirit that thrusts Roy headlong
into his waking noir nightmare.


"I've got The Magnificent Ambersons," declares
Alan Gilbert, host of a homemade cable-TV show about the silver screen, who now
claims to possess the rarest of the rare: the long-lost and never-released complete
print of Orson Welles' classic follow-up to Citizen
Kane
. But when Roy arrives at his fellow movie maven's abode to sneak a
peek at celluloid history, the front door is ominously open, Alan Gilbert is
dead, and The Magnificent Ambersons
is nowhere in sight. Even though the cops arrest a local drug addict for the
murder, Roy knows they're wrong because the theft of the movie masterpiece points
to a different kind of junkie, the kind Roy knows only too well—and the kind he
is certain only he can catch.


But Roy
Milano is no Sam Spade, even if he does run into more gun-toting goons, sucker
punches, and double-crosses than Bogey on a busy day. And the suspects prove to
be anything but usual—including a bodybuilding film fanatic obsessed with
bizarre rumors about an A-list actress, a rotund reporter who holds Hollywood
in thrall via red-hot Internet dispatches from his parents' basement, and a star-struck
street punk with a thousand voices. And then there is the transatlantic love
triangle that finds Roy caught between his very own eager Gal Friday and a
sultry Spanish siren with a stunning secret. But when the bodies start to fall
faster than a box-office bomb, Roy must cut to the chase in his perilous quest
to save the Holy Grail of cinema—and unmask a killer—before everything fades to
black.

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Like the hero in a classic Hitchcock thriller, the innocent movie buff at the center of this witty and suspenseful novel finds his ordinary life suddenly transformed when he's plunged into a harrowing game of intrigue, duplicity, and danger. Spurred into a frantic race from New York to Hollywood to Barcelona and back, he'll encounter enough hairpin twists, shocking surprises, white-knuckle tension, and sinister characters to give even the master of suspense himself a serious case of vertigo. But in "this scenario, the mayhem and murder are all too real.

Self-proclaimed movie geek and divorced thirty-something Roy Milano lives alone in a cramped Manhattan apartment, toiling as a freelancer to make ends meet. It is a life perfectly suited to the creator of Trivial Man, Roy's self-published newsletter—filled with tidbits of little-known Tinseltown lore for the delight of other fringe-dwelling cinemaphiles. And it's a tantalizing phone call from one such kindred spirit that thrusts Roy headlong into his waking noir nightmare.

"I've got The Magnificent Ambersons," declares Alan Gilbert, host of a homemade cable-TV show about the silver screen, who now claims to possess the rarest of the rare: the long-lost and never-released complete print of Orson Welles' classic follow-up to Citizen Kane. But when Roy arrives at his fellow movie maven's abode to sneak a peek at celluloid history, the front door is ominously open, Alan Gilbert is dead, and The Magnificent Ambersons is nowhere in sight. Even though the cops arrest a local drug addict for the murder, Roy knows they're wrong because the theft of the movie masterpiece points to a different kind of junkie, the kind Roy knows only too well—and the kind he is certain only he can catch.

But Roy Milano is no Sam Spade, even if he does run into more gun-toting goons, sucker punches, and double-crosses than Bogey on a busy day. And the suspects prove to be anything but usual—including a bodybuilding film fanatic obsessed with bizarre rumors about an A-list actress, a rotund reporter who holds Hollywood in thrall via red-hot Internet dispatches from his parents' basement, and a star-struck street punk with a thousand voices. And then there is the transatlantic love triangle that finds Roy caught between his very own eager Gal Friday and a sultry Spanish siren with a stunning secret. But when the bodies start to fall faster than a box-office bomb, Roy must cut to the chase in his perilous quest to save the Holy Grail of cinema—and unmask a killer—before everything fades to black.

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Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction
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Thriller