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Preview — Loser's Town [With Earbuds] by Daniel Depp
Loser's Town [With Earbuds] (David Spandau #1)
In this darkly comic thriller set in modern-day Hollywood, an aging private eye is hired by a rising young actor at the center of a scheme gone wrong.
David Spandau is a P.I. and sometime rodeo cowboy. At the tail end of some much-needed vacation time, he takes a meeting with a talent agent whose client, Bobby Dye, is being blackmailed and threatened. Dye is young, brash,
Daniel Depp clearly knows his landscape and his characters personally; you can practically smell the smog and the petrol fumes, see the heat-haze rising from the black top. The sleaze and the glamour – and occasionally, the terror - of the movie world is described in such hateful detail, you’re practically living in Bobby Dye’s trailer, being assaulted by his self-loathing ...more
David Spandau is a private investigator who was at one time a stuntman. Although he never reached the big time, his experience in the movie business comes in handy as he works with Hollywood types. His newest client is a hot young actor named Bobby Dee, who is being blackmailed. Spandau is a bit world weary and not particularly impressed by his employer. Perhaps that is why Bobby trusts him more than the other sycophants who surround him.
“I came out to Los Angeles in the 30’s during the Depre ...more
There are other parts of the book I could have easily done without. It may or may not be accurate to use the F-word in every sentence, but I would have enjoyed the book more without it. In my opinion, that word is a substitute when the author ca ...more
David Spandau is employed as a private investigator with a side hobby as a rodeo cowboy. David is asked to take a job that involves VBobby Dye, a hot movie star commodity.
Bobby seems to be having a few problems, one of which is a dead girl in his bathroom. She has died of a self induced drug overdose. Bobby asks local gangster, Richie Stella, to make his problem "go away". Richie sends two of his goons, Potts and Squiers, to dispose of the ...more
Vom Stuntman zum Privatdetektiv in Hollywood: David Spandau scheint auf seine Art ein echter Cowboy zu sein. Jedenfalls liebt er den Wilden Westen, ist kein schlechter Reiter und lässt sich beim Rodeo gerne mal aus dem Sattel werfen.
Zudem zeichnet ihn ein starker Hang zum Whiskey aus. Und zu seiner Exfrau Dee.
Spandau ist abgebrüht und hat so gut wie alles in seinem Beruf als Privatermittler in Hollywood gesehen. Doch sein neuester Fall bereitet selbst ihm Kopfzerbrechen. Der Shooting-Star ...more
LOSER’S TOWN is the first in what I hope is a long standing run of Hollywood PI novels featuring former stuntman and general all ‘round hard man David Spandau. Called in from vacation he’s tasked with investigating death threats made to up and coming act ...more
David Spandau is a former Hollywood stuntman and sometime private investigator hired to protect and investigate threats being made against rising star Bobby Dye. ...more
Daniel Depp knows his way around Hollywood - he is a screenwriter and his brother is famed actor Johnny Depp (a fact I did not know until after I read the book). Loser's Town features David Spandau, a former stuntman turned private detective. Spandau is jaded and definitely not impressed with the Hollywood movie scene.
Spandau is called back from vacation to take a case involving Bobby Dye, an up and coming new star on the verge of making it to ...more
Depp writes at a crisp pace with a good flow that makes one want to continue reading, and most of the chapters are 6-10 pages long or at least divided into easily digestible morsels.
I don't necessarily have a feel for what David Spandau looks like, but Depp does a great job establishing more imp ...more
See here's the thing...in a detective novel, the protagonist, or if you will, the detective, should detect things. Spandau did nada. His violent associate (not really a Hawk, Joe Pike or Bubba Rogowski, but close enough) investigated; his boss did; his boss' secretary did. Spandau? He sat around and mooned over his ex-wife, bullied his client, bullied his associate, bullied the bad guy, was a jerk to just about everyone. ...more
Would I recommend i ...more
My favorite thing here is that one of the main characters lives on a boat just like mine, in a marina in LA. Cool. He's a kung-fu master that dies in a gunfight, while having sex with a barmaid, at sea...... Naw, I'm not that cool.
The sections dealing with the interactions between the stars / agents / fans were all believable and entertaining (some were laugh out loud funny) but the gangster sections didn’t ring true and clouded the story (at least for me). The ending felt too neat / simplistic.
But, dude. Redlands is not a desert town, not by any stretch of the imagination. Someone need to get out more.