By Douglas Kennedy
(Atria Books, Paperback, 9781451602104, 320pp.)
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
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I always wanted to be rich. I know that probably sounds crass, but it’s the truth. A true confession. Like all would-be Hollywood screenwriters, David Armitage wants to be rich and famous. But for the past eleven years, he’s tasted nothing but failure. Then, out of nowhere, big-time luck comes his way when one of his scripts is bought for television. Before you can say “overnight success,” he’s the new toast of Hollywood as the creator of a hit series. Suddenly a major player, he finds that he’s reinventing himself at a great speed, especially when it comes to walking out on his wife and daughter for a young producer who worships only at the altar of ambition.
But David’s upward mobility takes a decidedly strange turn when a billionaire film buff named Philip Fleck barges into his life, proposing a very curious collaboration. David takes the bait and suddenly finds himself inadvertently entering into a Faustian pact and an express ride to the lower depths of the Hollywood jungle.
Douglas Kennedy is the author of ten previous novels, including the international bestseller The Moment. His work has been translated into twenty-two languages, and in 2007 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Find out more at DouglaslKennedyNovelist.com.
“Kennedy’s books are scrumptious page-turners but with more fiber and better writing than your typical late-night read; buy accordingly.” —Library Journal
“Two hours and 300 pages later, the glass was empty, the fire was ashes and I was finished. And I thought: Oh, that’s why people read this stuff.” —Jesse Kornbluth, Headbutler.com
“Kennedy is a skillful and very entertaining writer.... A page-turner with real emotional heft.” —Booklist
“Riveting.” —Publishers Weekly
“As Kennedy continues to tackle the theme of upended lives, Temptation demonstrates a literary confidence that lifts his stories above much of the competition.” —Ron Hogan, Shelf Awareness