The Deal

A Novel of Hollywood

About The Book

Washed-up Hollywood producer Charlie Berns has mailed in his updated obit and is about to suck his Mercedes tailpipe and fade to black when a miracle materializes: his nephew, a wannabe screenwriter from New Jersey, has scripted the life story of Queen Victoria's prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, which Charlie manages to turn into a hot property that reinstates him as a player. But as the deal heats up, a few conceptual changes morph the project into Lev Disraeli: Freedom Fighter, an action thriller with a black Jewish superstar, a Yugoslavian location, a mad Polish director, and even a real-life kidnapping. Is Charlie Berns being eaten alive by the system? Or is he giving the Hollywood hotshots a run for their money? Peter Lefcourt's hilarious satire proves the old adage that in Hollywood you're never quite as dead as people give you credit for.

About The Author

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Peter Lefcourt is the author of six previous novels: Eleven Karens, The Woody, Abbreviating Ernie, Di and I, The Dreyfus Affair and The Deal. He is also an award-winning writer for film and television.
He lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (February 28, 2003)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743480819

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Raves and Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review You can count the wonderful novels about Hollywood on two hands....The Deal is one of them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer The Deal is an offer you should not refuse.

West Coast Review of Books Lefcourt writes with panache and laugh-aloud humor.

New York Times Book Review A good-natured romp through the dream factory.

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