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“Hollywood died on me as soon as I got here.
Welles said that, not me,
but damn if he didn’t nail it, you know?”
Bateman came to Hollywood to settle a score, but amidst the sunny and 75, his plans went astray. Everything changed the day he drank in the intoxicating legend of Meyer Holden, the greatest screenwriter Hollywood has ever known, the one who pulled a Salinger and walked away. Holden now tacks pseudonyms onto his works and buries them in the bottomless sea of spec that is Hollywood’s development process. They’re out there for anyone to find — but at what cost? In his quest, Bateman severs all ties and sinks into a maddening world of bad writing and flawed screenplays. Paranoid and obsessive, the belligerent savant encounters an eccentric cast of characters — each with an agenda — in his search for the one writer in Hollywood who does not want to be found.
WRDSMTH’s The Holden Age of Hollywood is at once a detective novel, an unexpected love story, and a provocative expose of a broken industry. With dark humor and incisive commentary, the novel immerses readers in a neo-noir quest to attain the Hollywood dream, integrity intact.