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by Laurence Klavan

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 cognoscentias 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.Meanwhile, Roy will be tempted by the wiles of three fetching females–and tormented by a single-minded psychopath with more faces than Lon Chaney. He’ll even go on location, pursuing and being pursued from the mansions of the Hamptons to the harbors of Maine, the boulevards of L.A. to the canals of Amsterdam. No one’s ever gone to this much trouble just to see a movie. But for Roy, the reward far outweighs the risk. And a chance to glimpse the Big Picture might just be worth coming face-to-face with the Big Sleep.From the Hardcover edition.
Download The Shooting Script: A Novel of Suspense epub
ISBN: 0345462777
ISBN13: 978-0345462770
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Laurence Klavan
Language: English
Publisher: Fawcett (April 25, 2006)
ePUB size: 1653 kb
FB2 size: 1929 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 394
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Mr. Laurence Klavan is a sheer genius, and his second novel is absolutely brilliant! Roy Milano, movie trivia expert is on the go to try and find Jerry Lewis's lost video of: The Day The Clown Cried. Along with Milano's self-deprecating manner, which is endearing, the humor, action, the vivid characters, story, drama, and most of all Mr. Klavan's impeccable timing and sharp wit make this a must read! It is a page-turner if ever there was one. Fully enjoyable in every way, this book and Mr. Klavan's first: The Cutting Room, would both be hits as major motion pictures. This is an Amazon verified purchase, and if you have a chance, do not miss the opportunity to read these two gems!
There is a part of me that is constantly amazed whenever I turn on a television or slip a DVD into the player and see something actually materialize on the screen. All we ever see is the end result of a process that is so convoluted, illogical, and laborious that it's a wonder that the only thing that ever shows up on a movie or a television screen is a test pattern (of course, I have the same reaction whenever I crack the binding on a new book and actually see something in print, but that's another story).

There are a lot of projects, however, that start off as a good idea and never happen. Ever see a film called LaBrava, starring Dustin Hoffman? Of course not. Didn't happen. It almost happened, but as my firearms trainer once told me, "almost" only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Another project that "almost" happened is a legendary film by Jerry Lewis --- yes, that Jerry Lewis --- titled The Day the Clown Cried. Clown, a rare dramatic vehicle for Lewis that was filmed in 1972, may never see the light of day, for a variety of reasons. Naturally, everyone who knows about it wants to see it. And that, of course, would include Roy Milano, Laurence Klavan's film-obsessed creation, who makes a welcome return in THE SHOOTING SCRIPT.

The general object of Milano's obsession is film trivia, to the extent that he is able to think of little else. Indeed, odd pieces of trivia pop into and out of Milano's consciousness, unbidden, at the most inappropriate times --- including, but not limited to, moments of near-death. Milano encounters several of these moments in THE SHOOTING SCRIPT, almost from the minute he receives a cryptic call from a stranger concerning a long-sought copy of the Jerry Lewis movie. The call leads Milano to a somewhat manic and madcap pursuit of the film, from New York to Los Angeles, to Amsterdam and back again, shadowed all the while by a mystery man who will stop at nothing to get the film for himself. Milano reprises his role in 2004's THE CUTTING ROOM as an almost-lovable nudge who would get a life except for the fact that he is enjoying his neurosis too much to do so.

Klavan, while not a deep literary writer, is an extremely entertaining one, and his plot holds together, hilariously, as a vehicle for the presentation of arcane film facts. In THE SHOOTING SCRIPT Milano's fixation is with what actor/director replaced what actor/director in which film. The trivia is extremely interesting if you have even a passing interest in film history, and if you are as obsessed with it as Milano, you will find the narrative to be riveting as the facts come flying at you.

THE SHOOTING SCRIPT establishes that Klavan has a winning franchise with Milano and this series. Given that Klavan has several decades' worth of film history to work with, we hopefully can look forward to much more of Klavan, and Milano, in the years to come. Recommended.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
Roy Millano considers himself a "Trivial Man", a person so obsessed with movie arcane that he doesn't have a life and his only source of income is a newsletter he produces. He considers himself a movie detective after finding the original long lost version of the movie "The Magnificent Ambersons" (See THE OUTING EDGE) even though he was almost killed while pursuing it.

Now Roy's mother is ill and his aunt wants him to get a real job to pay for her care. When he gets an e-mail from an anonymous person telling him that he has a copy of the Day the Clown Cried, a Jerry Lewis drama, that was never released, Roy rushes to meet the man. When he arrives at his hotel room, the man is dead and there is no tape. Forgetting about his mother's illness Roy follows the trail to the tape and is stalked by another "Trivial Man" who is willing to kill anyone who gets in his way of finding and keeping the tape.

THE SHOOTING SCRIPT is a story of what happens when obsession is taken to extreme; Laurence Klavan has a protagonist with a refreshingly unique voice who can quote movie trivia at the drop of a hat especially when he is nervous. The dangerous situations Roy finds himself in pursuing the movie does not deter him from going after what he wants even though he knows he might get killed by his obsessive stalker killer.

Harriet Klausner
The Shooting Script is a light, quirky mystery about a film trivia expert, Roy Milano, who's hot on the trial of the unreleased Jerry Lewis film, The Day the Clown Died. Unfortunately for Roy, he's not the only one searching, and when the elderly man who owns the only known copy dies, the race is on. And a deadly race it is, but not so deadly that Roy can't make time for a variety of trysts with more than one comely woman, each of whom has ulterior motives. More of a romp than a serious mystery, filled with snippets of movie trivia, it's probably best not to take the book too seriously and just enjoy the wild ride from Philadelphia to Hollywood to Europe and back.
Laurence Klavan's THE SHOOTING SCRIPT is a lot of over-the-top breezy, gonzo fun. Like a Janet Evanovich novel for boys. While the plot engages and the pace brisk, my big problem with this novel was the absence of women who weren't either boinking main character Ray Milano or somehow related to him. Though I guess some readers might find this a plus rather than a minus.