“Stunning! Simply the best Hollywood novel to glide down the freeway since Budd Schulberg and Nathanael West were plying the genre.”
---John Blumenthal, author of Millard Fillmore, Mon Amour and What's Wrong with Dorfman?
“Wesley Strick's debut novel is a masterful and delicious rethinking of all our Hollywood favorites. From the hard-drinking, cynical-headed, and tenderhearted private dick, to the mysterious and wealthy beauty who only seems in need of rescue; from the ominous, autocratic, and possibly perverse German director, to the ruthless Jewish studio head with a tragic past; from the B actor whose narcissism seems harmless, to the starlet whose innocence hides voracious sexuality---thanks to Strick’s deft narrative and witty insights, none of them are who they seem. What in the hands of lesser writers would be shallow clichés leaps into vivid and profound life in Out There in the Dark, a delightfully entertaining mystery that finally reveals itself as a funnier, spookier, and smarter novel than anything I've read about how celebrity and politics have come to make so happy, so lasting, and so dangerous a marriage.”
---Rafael Yglesias, author of Fearless
”If you love Hollywood, read Wes Strick’s new novel. His actors are sexier, his directors more maniacal, and his executives more Byzantine than their counterparts in our world of media monoliths. Out There in the Dark does what a terrific book about Hollywood must---it makes backstabbing, failing upwards, and cheating glorious fun.”
---Robert Cort, author of Action!