WELL-CONNECTED AUTHOR: Howard Michael Gould’s background in television has helped him to get acquainted with some Hollywood personalities who could help publicize his SoCal-set series.
RETURN OF A COMPELLING LEAD: Charlie Waldo, the eccentric, sardonic star of Last Looks and Below the Line, anchors the series with his extreme rejection of consumerism (manifested in the quirk of owning only one hundred things), heartbreaking past, and deadpan humor.
PRAISE: Gould’s debut has garnered strong early reviews, including a starred Kirkus, and excellent blurbs from Coben, Hurwitz, Petrie, Gardiner, and Krueger.
POTENTIAL FILM ADAPTATION: Howard’s debut novel and the first in the Charlie Waldo series, Last Looks, adapted from a screenplay, is currently being developed for the big screen, with some big Hollywood names attached.
Praise for Last Looks:
“A wild, madcap homage to and satire of the Hollywood noir thriller. Gould, an accomplished screenwriter and showrunner, knows how to keep it fast, smart, and funny.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The plot is good and the protagonist is even better. It’s fast, funny, and well worth a sequel.”—Kirkus (starred review)
“Gould’s experience as a film and TV writer and producer is evident in this well-written first novel that manages to focus on environmental concerns while spoofing Hollywood clichés with a nod toward classic American detective fiction. Charlie Waldo would do well on the big screen—he does very well here.”—Library Journal
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