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Hollywood is an All-Volunteer Army by Steven Paul Leiva

Hollywood is an All-Volunteer Army by Steven Paul Leiva

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What those in the know in Hollywood really know is that if they need a dark deed done, if they need a sticky personal or professional problem “fixed,” they can call upon the mysterious and dangerous Fixxer. Whether you are a successful comedy film director whose “art” has never truly been appreciated because the country’s most important film critic has held a grudge against you since college, or you are a neophyte and naïve screenwriter who resents the professional blackmail she has just suffered, you call upon the Fixxer.

For the former, the Fixxer co-ops the identity of a Network morning talk show host and solicits the aid of his personal Prospero, Petey—who conjures up the worst blizzard in Manhattan’s history—to effect a “personality change” on the critic. For the latter, the Fixxer gives her the advice to just deal with the slings and arrows of Hollywood life for, after all, “Hollywood is an all-volunteer army.”

But when the beautiful young screenwriter’s body is found in a snowdrift on the frozen Bering Sea, just off the Seward Peninsula in Alaska, wearing a Donna Karan evening gown and high heels, and with her lips burnt off, the Fixxer’s moral outrage becomes his most important client and he goes into action to avenge her death, finding evil plans afoot to “draft” Hollywood into a class war conspiracy.

Hollywood is an All-Volunteer Army will thrill you with a story that moves from Hollywood to Manhattan to London to the Greek Island of Corfu to a castle by the sea steeped in Hollywood history and, finally, to the skies over California where World War II Spitfires and Messerschmitts dogfight to the death, and wherein the Fixxer, his comrade-in-arms Roee, the Captain (the Fixxer’s personal police officer), Petey, Newsstand Mike, and—most excitingly—Lydia Corfu, a sexy and beautiful Greek actress, film director, tycoon and human typhoon, do battle against the amorality of the universe.

Leiva’s first Fixxer adventure, Blood is Pretty was praised by literary legend Ray Bradbury and Oscar-winning film producer Richard Zanuck, and has been compared to the film work of the Cohen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino.

Hollywood on “Hollywood”

“Leiva’s immense gifts for mystery and suspense are matched only by his wry, biting wit in skewering the Hollywood he clearly knows so well.”

— Paul Provenza; author of ¡Satiristas!, director of The Aristocrats, host of Showtime's The Green Room with Paul Provenza

“At last, Steven Paul Leiva has given us a second Fixxer adventure. Ever since I read Blood Is Pretty a few years ago I’ve been eagerly anticipating more fun, exciting and riotously entertaining travels with Leiva’s Bond-like character. This time Leiva mines his firsthand knowledge of the community he has toiled in for much of his life, Hollywood. And he does it with the same wry humor, intellectual insight and terrific story telling that are the consistent signatures of his work. Once you start this novel you won’t put it down.”

— Ken Kragen, legendary Hollywood producer/manager

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