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Babylon Nights

(David Spandau #2)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Fifteen years ago, Anna Mayhew won an Oscar for Best Actress. Rich, famous, and beautiful, she had the world at her feet. Nearly forty years old, Anna is being offered these days only bland supporting roles, the kind she got her acting started with. So she spends much of her time thinking up clever and dangerous methods of self-destruction. But she may not have to kill her ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2010)
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Richard
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LA, a PI, a beautiful/just over the hill actress and an opera loving East LA pimp all come together courtesy of one of a crazy fan in Cannes of all places. The take on LA and France is pitch perfect, the story never dull and plodding with easy set-ups like so many mysteries. This is the second book by Depp following “Loser’s Town” a surprisingly difficult book to find. According to the author’s bio he lives in California and France but hails from Kentucky (sound familiar?). Speaking of the Canne ...more
Jenny Mackinlay
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't understand why these books aren't better known and better thought of. I enjoyed LOSER'S TOWN but I had a little difficulty with the author's decision to kill off two important characters. I think BABYLON NIGHTS is pretty well brilliant (although I could do without our antihero's wet obsession with his ex-wife. Grow up, honey). It's stylishly written, it's funny, and I haven't the least idea if his view of Hollywood, the film industry, Cannes, and the rest is (relatively) true or not (wit ...more
Fireflydances
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anything this guy writes is a pleasure to read. Detective story but more.
Karen
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Anna Mayhew, an almost “has been” in Hollywood, is planning her suicide. Vincent Perec, a razor wielding fan, is planning her murder. Then along comes private investigator David Spandau to put a hitch in both their plans.


Babylon Nights is Daniel Depp’s follow up to 2009’s Loser’s Town, which introduced readers to the cut-throat, seedy underbelly of the film industry through the eyes of former rodeo rider turned movie stuntman turned private investigator, David Spandau. With Babylon Nights, Depp
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Fred Scott
I thought this book was funny as hell. I really enjoyed the dialog and overall story line. well done work. I'm looking forward to reading Loser's Town.
Paul Pessolano
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
David Spandau is part time private investigator and part time rodeo cowboy. David works in Hollywood, California and is hired by movie celebrities. In his first case, "Loser's Town", David came to the assistance of heart throb Bobby Dye.

In "Babylon Nights" he is hired, somewhat reluctantly, by Anna Mayhew. Anna was a big time movie star that is seeing her career coming to an end.

David is being hired to guard Anna against a stalker who seems bent on killing her. The stalker has also come into a l
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Yla Socorro
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to finish this book because I was a little tied up with life lately. I kinda feel guilty going home and looking at this untouched book... but I was just basically very tired to pick it up, more so flip the pages. Until yesterday, by the pool side... I managed to finish it at last! :)

Depp has somehow transported me to the fascinating worlds of a fading Hollywood star, a psychotic fan, an ex-stuntman now problematic private detective and a black pimp. I witnessed and understood
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Dean Tsang
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Babylon nights was a solid read. As a fan of changing perspectives, I really enjoyed Depp's abuse of the feature. Covering all of the characters, Depp managed to sustain an objective story while also giving everyone equal development.

The psychology of Perec was interesting, the interactions between Anna and David were deep and three-dimensional, and I'm not sure if there's any fictional character I've loved more than Special.

I have practically no complaints about this book, although I know for a
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Ken
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the second crime fiction novel by Johnny Depp's half brother, and it's a fairly interesting expose of Hollywood, and the mean streets of contemporary Los Angeles. And again, he features the, "Hollywood Stunt-Man/Cowpoke/PI", David Spandau. This time out, Spandau has been employed to protect a slightly over the hill (she's 43) starlet from a psychotic stalker. And, she needs PI Spandau to accompany her to France where she has been invited to be a judge at the Cannes Film Festival. The cha ...more
Michael
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it David Spandau is a reluctant hero at best and the story seemed to ramble a bit. It was hard for me to maintain attention and my involvement with the Characters was limited. There were some nice scenes in Cannes and Nice, but I believe if they had been fleshed out more it would have added immensely to the story.
Jayw
Jul 30, 2011 added it
Smart talking loser private eye hired by snarky fading starlet after threat from wacko.
Xondra Day
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Good for fans of private investigator stories set in Hollywood with gritty characters and psycho fans. I liked it.
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