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Holmes is an award-winning Broadway playwright and composer (The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Accomplice), so it's only appropriate that his hugely entertaining first novel should be set in the world of show business.
Holmes has a wonderful feeling for period detail, and the 60s and 70s spring vividly back to horrific life through the brilliant narration of the romantically susceptible heroine. The novel is witty, sexy and suspenseful - a glittering ride!
Forecast: With the intriguing combination of a Broadway name and a sensational plot, this is
BOUND TO BE ONE OF THE MORE TALKED-ABOUT FICTION DEBUTS OF THE SUMMER!
Maybe this book was a game Holmes played with himself: could he think of an unexpected, funny, and original way to write each and every sentence? His free-flowing pastiche of 1970s culture is free of cliche and convention (except the ones he's mocking). The heroine is wiseass 26-year-old K. O'Connor, a reporter chasing a Brat-Packy comedy duo for its True Hollywood Story (in which a woman's suspicious death lurks). O'Connor's tough-girl commentary nails the era: "Everyone was named Tracy these days. Even people named Jennifer were secretly named Tracy." FILM RIGHTS: Canadian indie director Atom Egoyan. INEVITABLE CAMEO: Holmes won three Tonys for his The Mystery of Edwin Drood. And he wrote and sang "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" in 1979. CASTING CALL: He suggested Kukla, Fran, and Ollie to USA Today.
WHERE THE TRUTH LIES
A star is assigned to books of unusual merit by the editors of Kirkus Reviews.
Edgar/Tony/Emmy award-winning playwright/singer/songwriter Holmes hangs his splashy and amusing plot on an unsolved murder in the bitter past of a song-and-laff-riot team. Readers who can accept a twentysomething reporter with the sharp wit of a fiftysomething comedy genius will have a swell time finding out how the beautiful corpse came to lose a couple of toes and what really came between the former chums. Slickly funny showbiz romp with lots of great scenery!
The narrator of Holmes's first novel has everything you want in a '70s showbiz reporter. Holmes nicely recalls the era and is a gifted plotter as well. The story is as refreshing as a Pina Colada and a most
For all of Holmes's accomplishments (pop singer, Tony & Emmy Award winner, record producer), this is his debut in the writing world and it's notable for its wit, snappy dialog, uncanny sense of Hollywood glitz, backstage politics, and dirty deeds. This cant-miss novel will have wide appeal, including fans of the time period, modern mystery lovers, and anyone who likes turning pages rapidly. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Asked about the cast for the movie version of his novel, Where the Truth Lies (Random House, 392 pp., $24.95, July 1), Rupert Holmes offers suggestions. "Maybe Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as comedians Vince Collins and Lanny Morris and Kate Hudson as the desirable, sharp-tongued journalist who becomes intertwined with them. Or perhaps Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller and any actress in America who's shorter than they are. Or what about Kukla, Fran and Ollie," he says, referring to the puppet stars of the '50s. "This is probably why I'm not a studio head."
Holmes is a playwright, composer, screenwriter and pop singer whose credits range from the Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood to the 1979 pop hit he wrote and sang, "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)." Now he has written a hilarious send-up of the entertainment business and the '70s wrapped in a mystery. It already has been optioned by film director Atom Egoyan.
Holmes says a hit song or TV show has to entertain millions, but he discovered that "a novel is written for an audience of one. . . . You begin to sense this person as you write your book, and soon they are the best friend you ever had."
His novel is partially patterned on his childhood idols, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, "a two-man Rat Pack before there was a six-pack Rat Pack." But he says it's not about them. Rather, "it's about the trust that must exist between any show business team who puts their lives in each other's hands" and "what happens when they no longer trust each other."
His favorite debut novel? A tie between F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise and Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles, both from 1920.
"A beguiling suspense novel, sexy and surprising, witty and intriguing. I was hooked from the very first page!"
-- Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City and Four Blondes
"Days after you finish this book, you'll still feel the narrator's voice elbowing through your brain. Fully realized characters, ruthless commentary, and a beautifully dark sense of humor -- all masquerading as a hyper-clever mystery. You won't look at the truth the same way again. "
--Brad Meltzer, author of The Millionaires
"Rupert Holmes seats you gently next to an irresistible narrator only to entangle you completely in her twisted, dark, exhilarating troubles. The ensuing thriller crosses a Dickensian world of deceit and destiny with the slipping glory of 1970's New York and Los Angeles. Every character is so alive with delicious secrets that you'll never expect Where the Truth Lies."
--Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club
"Five pages into Rupert Holmes' Where the Truth Lies, I was intrigued. Twenty pages in, I was laughing. A hundred pages in, my wife told me to turn off the damned light already and come to bed. This is a book astonishing not only for its intricate plot and rich characters, but for the ways in which it finds humor in the darkest of places."
--Eric Garcia, author of Matchstick Men
"Rupert Holmes is a genius."
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Do you like pina coladas? Getting caught in the rain? Then Where the Truth Lies (Random House, July) might be the book for you. Author Rupert Holmes had a successful career in the '70s and '80s as a soft-rock singer-songwriter; his biggest hit was - you guessed it - "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)." He went on to adapt Dickens' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" for Broadway, so it's no surprise that his debut novel is, according to his publisher, "a neo-Dickensian thriller set in 1970s New York and Los Angeles."
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