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Death Takes the Stage
by Donald Ward
Hollywood agent Jake Weissman has problems: his clients don't get many parts; his new secretary, a sexy illegal alien with a very large boyfriend tries to seduce and reform him; and a client he's almost forgotten, would-be actor Bobbie Lang, is murdered in a particularly nasty way. Bobbie's lover, truck driver and body builder Arnie Siganski, asks Jake to find the ...more
Published June 1st 1988 by St. Martin's Press
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I would not rush out to find this old chestnut... many of the murder mystery series that I enjoy by Mark Richard Zubro and RD Zimmerman trump this one. Basically, a big bruiser of a guy is at wit's end when his little flower "Bobbie" is murdered. He goes to Bobbie's theatrical agent, who has no ability or confidence, but eventually gets to the bottom of the evil doings at a small L.A theater. In the process the agent (Jake Weissman) gets a new hottie secretary, starts dating a new gal (who gets ...more
Set in Hollywood, this first-time novel had a lot going for it. Many bizarre characters and a protagonist that does have redeeming qualities. Glad I read it ; enjoyed reading it but left a little "huh ?" at the end. The author did not do a great job in painting a picture of the twins - were they 12 or 35?? I had a hard time visualizing them (was that on purpose?)
Donald Ward sold his first story to CBC when he was nineteen-years-old and has written professionally for the last forty years. His fiction is thoughtful and humourous and always accessible, no matter how fantastic his grounding premise may be. In 2004 his short fiction collection Nobody Goes to Earth Any More, won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Book of the Year, and his story Badger won the 2009 ...moreMore about Donald Ward...