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The Return of the Player


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Griffin Mill, the savage anti-hero of The Player, returns in this piercing satire of twenty-first century Hollywood.

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Michael Tolkin is the author of The Player, Among the Dead and Under Radar. He wrote the screenplay for the Robert Altman film The Player and wrote and directed The Rapture and The New Age.


Remember The Player? He's sick of Hollywood, nearly broke, nearly divorced, and about to hook up with nearly billionaire Phil Ginsberg for the deal of a lifetime. With an eight-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Tolkin remains impressive as a scorched-earth social satirist. -- Janet Maslin * New York Times *
A wicked fever dream of a novel. -- Tom Nolan * San Francisco Chronicle *
Tolkin utterly captures the most salient quality of life in Hollywood: the bowel-shaking fear that underlies everything. -- Seth Greenland * Los Angeles Times *

More than a decade has passed since Griffin Mill's murderous ascent to Hollywood power in The Player. Now, with his career stalled and only $6 million in the bank, he is, by Hollywood standards, broke. The 12-year-old daughter he sired with his then mistress (now discontented wife), Lisa, is a brat who reverts to noxious baby talk when she doesn't get her way. His two older children hold him in cold contempt. He suffers from erectile dysfunction (his allergy to Viagra a wicked double whammy) and lusts after his ex-wife, June. In Griffin's mind, all of Western civilization is in decline, and his fantasies feature a Pacific atoll stocked with food and weapons. Step one in his plan to gain control hinges on leveraging the politics of elite Los Angeles private schools. (He commits manslaughter in the process.) Griffin's ploy snags the attention of a voracious entertainment magnate who plucks Mill from his stagnation and taunts him into concocting a multibillion-dollar idea. Mill's antiheroic effort to wring love and meaning from a loveless and meaningless life is heartfelt and cynical, resulting in a powerful dark comedy that transcends the shopworn genre of Hollywood satire. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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