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Earthquake Weather: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Jun 28 2005


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (June 28 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345467787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345467782
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 10.6 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,879,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clifford Mack on July 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
Terrill Lankford fulfills and exceeds all genre expectations in his compelling noir, EARTHQUAKE WEATHER ... it is believable in its details about the world and workings of Hollywood, darkly funny in its take on that world, complex and wise in its handling of its varied cast of characters. It has a cynical surface, as any Hollywood novel should have, but under that surface lies a core of compassion as deep as the San Andreas fault. The movie references are organic and relevant to the mystery, and are fun as well. Mark Hayes is a complex narrator, a post-millennium hero, who leads the reader through the maze of this murder mystery with wit and style, and in the creation of Charity James, Lankford pulls off an authentically erotic female character who is not a cliche. EARTHQUAKE WEATHER is the true heir to SUNSET BOULEVARD, and a worthy one.
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Ok, maybe this book isn't comedic by nature, but some of it is laugh out loud funny. I don't mean that that is laughably bad, I mean that some of Lankford's dialogue is just that good. The may not be strikingly original but I will say that the story flys by and really hits the film industry in the solar plexus. The characters are solid and Clyde McCoy has some superior lines. His analysis of the fall of Hollywood (actually of his own career) is not only on the mark, but more geniunely heartbreaking than any of the deaths in the book. The character of Charity is meant to represent a type and it does that, but she isn't someone you naturally want to cheer for. I guess Hollywood does that you. And, the end was just great. Very much like an old movie. You can't beat it.
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Mark Hayes has no desire to be in the movies; he just wants to make them...HIS way! He has a dream; he has talent and experience, but after fifteen years of trying to cut himself a slice of cinematic production pie, he not only can't seem to catch a break, but what little luck he has had has been all bad. When this unforgettable noir chiller opens, he's on shaky ground in more ways than one. LA (including his vintage apartment in the San Fernando Valley) has just been rocked by a major earthquake, and all hell is breaking loose on the Warner Bros lot where he and his neurotic co-worker, Alex Richards, are somewhat tenuously employed as creative executives aka D-(for development)-boys by (...) slimy, utterly ruthless but currently hot producer, Dexter Morton. His immediate situation does have one upside. While it costs him his womanizing roommate, the earthquake has given him a chance to finally meet his neighbors who will soon become his friends and allies: former premier-script-writer, Clyde McCoy; mysterious, ganja-smoking T. Zimmerman ('Zim"); and attractive, reclusive Becky Osterhage. Unfortunately, the quake also gave Morton time to take a good look at the script for his next production, and now he's on the rampage. Mark had figured if he could just manage to cope with Morton's abusive behaviors, he might be able to ride his coat-tails long enough to parlay a dead end job and a loser's image into a ticket to ride on his own. However, his plans to keep his cool at all costs start to unravel when Dexter fires its original author and coerces Mark into mavening a ghost-writing deal with a local hack to revise the script with some very illegal money involved.Read more ›
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By A Customer on May 4 2004
Format: Hardcover
One line typifies the author's cynical vision of Hollywood: after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the narrator notes that the destruction has caused people to re-evaluate their lives and buy new glassware.
I read that, stopped, read it again. And laughed. Lankford's humor sneaks up on you like that in a finely wrought story of frustrated ambition that seems quintessentially American.
The PW et al. reviews tell enough of the story, but they don't truly communicate how authentic this feels, how deeply revelatory it is of the machinations film people not only take for granted, but assume are life itself.
BTW, there is absolutely nothing about this book that makes it remotely like Jackie Collins as another reviewer believes, because Lankford knows how to write.
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In recent years Los Angeles has been the epicenter of disasters with an earthquake to add to the list but thirty-five years old Mark Hayes would live no where else. That is work no where else as he actually lives in Sherman Oaks. Mark would like to have had some success with his career at Warner Brothers, but though a creative executive, he has no film credit to his name. Instead he critiques cerebral dumbing scripts.
Much of Hollywood detests Mark's boss producer Dexter Morton, who enjoys their hatred and flaunts it by inviting those who find him an abomination to parties he host because they always come. The morning after Dexter's latest bashing bash, Mark finds his boss dead in the swimming pool. The police feel Mark is the leading suspect though Charity James, the former girlfriend of Mark's studio peer is also high on the casting list. Mark and Charity begin seeking the truth from a clichéd Hollywood B movie with too many subplots to make it on the screen, but this is real life and a happy ending is not necessarily in the script.
Using the 1994 earthquake to set the stage, Terrill Lee Lankford provides an insider amateur sleuth novel with a pinch of a police procedural tale. The story line uses real events in the background; yet the prime thread is low key as Dexter's struggles with his boss (dead and alive) and his lack of success. This is similar to Jackie Collins' delightful Hollywood novels, but with an emphasis on the likeable with no empathy antihero's feeling sorry for himself woes as he faces middle age with nothing but police trouble on his filmography.
Harriet Klausner
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