Fiction E. Duke Vincent The Strip: A Novel

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The Strip: A Novel

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A thrilling, glamorous Las Vegas story from the former executive producer of Spelling Television.

Nick Conti, producer of the successful Las Vegas T V show The $trip, is a busy man. Spending fifteen-hour days on the set and long nights drinking cocktails and cavorting with the fastest women in Vegas, he is hardly looking for extra work. But when a local mobster begins plotting to extort money from the show, Nick realizes it’s going to be a long week.

The small-time blackmail operation stirs up old demons, and the big bosses in Chicago and Kansas City begin asking questions. Nick’s own Mafia history suddenly becomes relevant again—his boss, a Napoleonic figure who resembles a certain real-life T V executive, is holding it over his head. What’s more, Nick’s old flame has recently appeared on the scene, holding the arm of the mysterious Allie Saltieri, a man with Mob ties of his own. With the budget of The $trip in serious trouble and local journalists beginning to smell a story, Nick will have to rely on his guile and charm to escape with his money, his job, and his life.

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E. Duke Vincent grew up in New York and New Jersey. He was a Navy pilot with the Blue Angels in 1960–61. He flew the F9F-8P Cougar and filmed the aerial sequences for the NBC series The Blue Angels, which sparked his interest in television. He went on to have an extremely successful career as a TV writer and producer. I n 1977 he joined Aaron Spelling at Spelling T elevision, where he served as executive producer and vice chairman. Vincent’s credits include the series Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Dynasty, Hotel, Vega$, Charmed, and 7th Heaven. His T V movies include the Emmy Award–winning Day One and And the Band Played On. I n his forty-year television career, Vincent has written or produced over 2,300 hours of television, including 1,600 of prime-time and 750 hours of daytime television.

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Clunky pacing and cartoonish characters weigh down Vincent's third crime thriller, set in Las Vegas in 1980. Amid efforts by Nick Conti, the producer and chief writer of The Strip, a popular PI TV series, to keep the local Mafia from interfering and getting a cut of the show's action, Conti finds time to do it all. He negotiates with Hollywood moguls, soothes wounded TV star egos, offers his irresistible self up to fawning actresses and slugs it out with mobsters with names like Carlo and Fats. The rapid-fire two- and three-page chapters give the book a cut-and-paste feel that may work on film, but leaves readers with too little explanation for what just happened. Worse, most of the characters talk the same way—clipped, jaded and very, very with it. Himself a former writer and producer at Spelling Productions, Vincent (Mafia Summer) includes many real-life details and personages from Vegas's past, but the result is a story that reads like a superficial TV script. (Jan.)
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