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“According to what we’ve been told, the source of all knowledge is somewhere just south of Sunset Boulevard. The problem is that Danny has lost the address.”

So begins Martyn Burke’s tragi-comic novel of love and war. Danny, a Canadian sharp-shooter, and Hank, in the US Army, have been stationed in Kandahar, but they are in Los Angeles desperate to find the Hollywood psychi
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 8th 2015 by Cormorant Books (first published March 1st 2015)
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Laura Morton
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Have long been a fan of Martyn Burke. He writes about serious topics with tragi-comic flair that is sui generis. In this he looks at lost love amidst the insanity of both war and Hollwood which in this book converge into what Carl Hiaasen called, "slash-and-burn funny, but also unexpectedly touching and wise." Rather than go on, I'll just post a review from Bookgasm.

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Canadian-born novelist, journalist, screenwriter and director Martyn Bu
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Andrew
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
At the top are those guys who are practically shrink-wrapped in the flag. They get it! And no matter how hard I try to be like them, I never get there. Cast from some alloy of history and patriotism, they know exactly why they’re risking the package. They’re the guys who look you right in the eye as they coat you with a thick layer of geopolitical goo beginning with September 11 and working back to some wormhole in your convictions as they remind you how you’d damn well better atone by charging ...more
Wendy Jensen
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Two soldiers, one Canadian (the sniper) and one American (the spotter) are stationed together in Kandahar. They both have the love of their life that they are searching for. They manage a leave and go to Los Angeles to a psychic to help them locate where their ladies are. An excellent read.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Alex Aguilar
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
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definitely not my kind of thing, it was given to me as a gift because of its Los Angeles aspect. woof. it had interesting ideas? but the execution tended toward corniness at every turn.
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From sharp-shooting at Taliban to a face-to-face reading with a Hollywood seer, one travels vividly and seamlessly through the evils of war to the glittery Hollywood club scene, feeling every bit of the undying love these two soldiers have for their lost loves. Magnificently written in handsome prose, strategically peppered with the absurdist (and not just the Hollywood chapters), it's a book that's hard to put down. ...more
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new book by Martyn Burke 1 1 Dec 19, 2016 09:06AM  
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Martyn Burke's newest book from Tyrus/Simon and Schuster, MUSIC FOR LOVE OR WAR, is his sixth published novel and has been praised by Carl Hiaasen with, "Few writers can take you from the hills of Afghanistan to the gates of the Playboy Mansion, and make you believe every crazy word. Martyn Burke is slash-and-burn funny, but also unexpectedly touching and wise.

Martyn works in a multitude of worlds
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