First USA edition, first print hardback of THE SHOOTING SCRIPT, by Laurence Klavan and published by Ballantine Books, New York, in March 2005. Flatsigned by the author on the title page. Stated First Edition with full numberline 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 on the copyright page.
The book is in very good condition (Clean black boards with silver lettering on the spine) with very slight shelf wear to the glossy dust jacket, which is not price clipped (slight creasing to the edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.
Following his critically acclaimed novel The Cutting Room, Laurence Klavan returns with The Shooting Script. Establishing shot: New York City, present day. Zoom in on a run-down tenement building, somewhere west of Times Square, the home of Roy Milano, a thirtyish, divorced typesetter who lives for the movies. In fact, by pursuing the legendary uncut print of Orson Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons, Roy has become something of a minor celebrity among the fellow misfit film fanatics he caters to in his homemade newsletter, Trivial Man. But there's nothing trivial when Roy's old rival Abner Cooley shows up with a check in his hand and the words "Someone is trying to kill me" on his lips.
With his mother ailing, Roy needs the money as badly as Cooley needs someone to head off a trigger-happy stalker who's determined to put both him and his controversial new screenplay into permanent turnaround. And though Roy does his best, like many a private eye before him, he quickly finds his head turned by an enticing distraction. Not a femme fatale, but a flick.
Roy is all but powerless to resist an e-mail from a mysterious fan that lures him with the promise of an elusive treasure as fiercely sought after by the celluloid cognoscenti" as the Ark of the Covenant was by Indiana Jones. It's Jerry Lewis' famous unreleased drama, The Day the Clown Cried. But when he arrives at a rendezvous too late to save a dying man, Roy realizes he's stumbled into a dangerous race to possess a piece of cinema history. 'To catch up, he'll have to match wits with a rogues' gallery: a bored and bitter superstar comedian, a hot-shot producer turned drugged-out has-been, a ferocious German actor who likes to role-play off-camera, a mercurial director with a scary sense of humor, and a hard-bitten cop who's mad about movies.
Second Roy Milano novel by Edgar Award-winning author.
ISBN: 0 345 46276 9
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First USA edition, first print hardback published by Ballantine Books, New York, in March 2005. Flatsigned by the author on the title page. Full numberline 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.