Michael Connelly
June 09, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Michael Connelly wants you to read ”Blonde Lightning”

I’m partial to Hollywood novels because I dwelled for so long there — physically, mentally, and maybe even spiritually. I have loved the saga of Mark Hayes in Earthquake Weather and Blonde Lightning by Terrill Lee Lankford. Blonde is the one you have to read. It is the continuation of the story but it stands alone as testament to all the cynical, underhanded, and tragic things you think you know about Hollywood. The novel is about erstwhile producer Hayes’ efforts to grasp a little piece of artistic integrity by helping to make a film that actually maintains the vision of its writer and director. Along the way, there is sabotage and subterfuge, murder and mayhem. Lankford shows in telling detail how a film really gets made. He also gets to the heart of why so many creative people are addicted to Hollywood and why they are willing to stay there while their talent evaporates into the smog.

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