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EPUB ê MOBI L.A. Times î Ê MONEYEXPRESSCARD · Vinnie Callabrese toils in the mean world of a Mafia hood violently enforcing his loan shark boss’s debt collections but he lives in the world of the movies one where he can tie a bow tie like Cary Grant and speak with the voice of Tyrone PowerVinnie is smart too and hVinnie Callabrese toils in the mean world of a Mafia hood violently enforcing his loan shark boss’s debt collections but he lives in the world of the movies one where he can tie a bow tie like Cary Grant and speak with the voice of Tyrone PowerVinnie is smart too and h Last year I took an incredibly helpful course at UCi called Intermediate Novel Writing The next semester's Advanced Novel Writing course was cancelled so here I am –– still an intermediate novelist currently at amateur status but I hope to turn pro soon So this course relied on a number of books but the main text was Techniues of the Selling Writer authored by Dwight V Swain a college professor in the 1960s There was much to like about this book but the one element I took issue with was the author's focus on a main character's morality and the idea that fiction should present the protagonist's willingness to sacrifice self interest to the larger cause of his own standards Techniues of the Selling Writer 128I certainly don't reuire such self sacrifice not do I agree with all of the things Swain says about the function of an individual within society I like the lone wolf the anti hero And I like books and movies where the bank robber gets away with the moneyI think one of the better aspects of the late 20th century is the embrace of the anti hero the Jack Bauer character Further I don't need to like a character to want to read about him or her any than I need to feel like a candidate would be a fun person to share a drink with in order to elect him or her President Thus we have Vinnie CallabreseIn LA Times our main character is not just anti hero he's almost anti human The dark embodiment of every Hollywood climber's secret desires Vinnie changes his name to Michael Vincent and becomes an independent producer while still at NYU He's also a collector for the mob a man who's already killed his abusive father and is willing to end anyone else who gets in his wayFrom bagman for The Family to indie darling to studio exec Michael makes all the right moves Until he doesn't Because changing his name zip code and occupation doesn't alter his DNA and it's in his blood to be a sociopathic killerAs a Hollywood striver myself I enjoyed his journey I don't need my protagonists or even my friends to be especially moral or likable so long as they are interesting

Stuart Woods â L.A. Times PDF

E finds a way to turn his dream world into reality Arriving on the West Coast with a new identity and some ill gotten gains Vinnie discovers that his sociopathic nature is just the ticket for handling the intrigues of tinseltown He employs his old techniues of deceit coe A 1993 thriller about NYC mobsters and the LA film industry by author Stuart Woods This novel seemed like Woods was channeling Harold Robbins with his mix of New Yorkers transplanted to Hollywood and rampant sex I had this novel rated higher until the end when I felt that this over the top novel went further to the point where it was no longer enjoyableVincente Michaele Callabrese works as a shake down artist for the mob in New York City's Little Italy but moviegoing is his passion Early in the story he changes his name to Michael Vincent and makes a break for LA where with the help of powerful studio head Leo Goldman he fufills his dream of becoming a big time producer Vincent's cosa nostra connections keep in touch particularly old pal Tommy Provenzano whose rise to power in New York parallels Vincent's in Hollywood Eventually Vincent's desire to bring a gentle turn of the century novel to the screen leads him to employ the sorts of techniues and friends that served him in his mafia days Cinematic triumph follows but so does trouble

KINDLE ´ â Stuart Woods

L A TimesRcion sexual conuest – even murder – to carve out a place at the top of the film industryBut Vinnie’s old neighborhood friends have excellent memories and a long reach and soon his fast track career is facing derailment – or even worse a new driver at the control I don't know how Stuart Woods does it but his books almost beg to be read in as few sittings as possible Each chapter sucks you into the next This story seemed to have a little different feel than some of the other books of his that I have read but it wasn't unpleasant It was an interesting look into the movie business and the mob I would actually rate this 35 stars