My Soul Purpose
Heidi von Beltz, with Peter Copeland (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, first published in 1996) A gritty, gossipy memoir by a former stuntwoman who was rendered quadriplegic after a car accident on the set of The Cannonball Run.
Elise Title (Bantam, 1996) A serial killer seduces smart professional women, including a shrink who specializes in serial killers, in this tawdry but irresistible page-turner.
Two Screenplays: Chinatown and The Last Details
Robert Towne (Grove, 1997) Aspiring screenwriters could pick up some hard-boiled tips from these scripts, both for movies starring Jack Nicholson.
8 Ball Chicks
Gini Silkes (Anchor, 1997) A well-reported, provocative look at the phenomenon of girl gangs, with case studies from L.A., San Antonio, and Milwaukee.