What Price Dreams? After decades of toiling in the “C” Leagues, talent agent Shelly Monroe has finally hit the big time, when she discovers and signs actor Cody Clifton, who is on the fast track to be TV’s newest superstar. It’s a Hollywood truth that getting to the top is one thing but staying there is something else. Shelly Monroe is finally living her dreams, and she’s not about to let it slip through her fingers. Veteran LAPD detective Maxine Calderas finds herself in hot pursuit of a serial killer with a taste for prostitutes. The trail soon puts her on a collision course with Shelly’s world when Max Calderas becomes convinced that Shelly knows a secret that may help Max crack her case. Cody Clifton, America’s newest Golden Boy is haunted by the ghosts of a troubled childhood. Will he succeed in conquering his demons or will they derail his rising star? Jimmy Bodine is Cody’s best friend and fierce competitor for the Hollywood brass ring. Will their friendship withstand Jimmy’s ambitions and Cody’s sudden white hot success? The stakes are high and the winner takes all as the player’s paths cross amidst the hot house jungle that is Hollywood. DL Bruin gives readers an insider’s look at the Hollywood dream factory in this darkly humorous thriller.
Bruin's noirish serial killer thriller takes a nicely cynical view of Hollywood and its players. LAPD homicide detectives Maxine "Maximum" Calderas and Greg London have landed a red ball—the search for a murderer the press has dubbed the Coyote, who strangles women and dumps them by the highway. Meanwhile, a parallel story charts the ascent of actor Cody Clifton, whose star is on the rise after he lands the lead role in a TV PI series. Cody's ambition is stoked by a classic greedy and heartless agent, Shelly Monroe, who has channeled her own frustration at not succeeding as an actress into squeezing whatever she can out of the Hollywood dream machine, and who has no scruples against viewing her clientele as just a warm-blooded means toward that end. Predictably, the two story lines intersect, but the payoff will surprise some readers and makes the book more than just a broad parody of the entertainment industry. (BookLife)