By E. Duke Vincent
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781596916159, 336pp.)
Publication Date: December 23, 2008
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A thrilling, glamorous Las Vegas story from the former executive producer of Spelling Television.Nick Conti, producer of the successful Las Vegas T V show The $trip, is a busy man. Spending fifteen-hour days on the set and long nights drinking cocktails and cavorting with the fastest women in Vegas, he is hardly looking for extra work. But when a local mobster begins plotting to extort money from the show, Nick realizes it’s going to be a long week. The small-time blackmail operation stirs up old demons, and the big bosses in Chicago and Kansas City begin asking questions. Nick’s own Mafia history suddenly becomes relevant again—his boss, a Napoleonic figure who resembles a certain real-life T V executive, is holding it over his head. What’s more, Nick’s old flame has recently appeared on the scene, holding the arm of the mysterious Allie Saltieri, a man with Mob ties of his own. With the budget of The $trip in serious trouble and local journalists beginning to smell a story, Nick will have to rely on his guile and charm to escape with his money, his job, and his life.
E. Duke Vincent grew up in New York and New Jersey. He was a Navy pilot with the Blue Angels in 1960–61. He flew the F9F-8P Cougar and filmed the aerial sequences for the NBC series The Blue Angels, which sparked his interest in television. He went on to have an extremely successful career as a TV writer and producer. I n 1977 he joined Aaron Spelling at Spelling T elevision, where he served as executive producer and vice chairman. Vincent’s credits include the series Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Dynasty, Hotel, Vega$, Charmed, and 7th Heaven. His T V movies include the Emmy Award–winning Day One and And the Band Played On. I n his forty-year television career, Vincent has written or produced over 2,300 hours of television, including 1,600 of prime-time and 750 hours of daytime television.
“Vincent takes the best thing about his two previous novels—his portrayal of American organized crime from the point of view of a guy who just wants to live his own life—and combines it with something he knows intimately, the world of television production….Fans of novels set in the television milieu will definitely want to read this one.”--Booklist