Martyn Burke Music for Love or War

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Music for Love or War

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"Music for Love or War is slash-and-burn funny, but also unexpectedly touching and wise. Few writers can take you in one breath from the hills of Afghanistan to the gates of the Playboy Mansion and make you believe every crazy word. Martyn Burke has that special talent." --Carl Hiaasen, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Bad Monkey

According to what we've been told, the source of all knowledge is somewhere just south of Sunset Boulevard. The problem is that Danny has lost the address.

So begins Martyn Burke's tragi-comic novel of love and war. Danny, a Canadian sharpshooter, and Hank, in the U.S. Army, have been stationed in Kandahar, but they are in Los Angeles, desperate to find the Hollywood psychic who will reveal the whereabouts of the women they love. Danny is searching for Ariana, the girl he fell in love with in Toronto in the last years of the twentieth century; Hank is searching for Annie Boudreau, known in the tabloids as "Annie of the Boo Two"--twins who were briefly in the gravitational pull of Hugh Hefner.

From Grenadier Pond in west-end Toronto, to Afghanistan, to the Malibu colony in LA, the novel follows these moments in the lives of Danny and Hank, revealed by a masterful storyteller and commentator on American culture. When in the mountains of Kandahar, Danny and Hank torture the members of al Qaeda and the Taliban with the music and a larger-than-life-size cardboard reproduction of Liberace in satin short shorts, high-kicking as if on Broadway.

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About the Author:

Martyn Burke knows war-riddled Afghanistan, where he has filmed documentaries. He knows Los Angeles, where he lives and works. And he knows about terrorist families based in multicultural Toronto, his second home. In 2012, his feature documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat won a Peabody and he was short-listed for an Academy Award. In 2015, Martyn received the Auteur Award from the International Press Academy. Previous recipients include Guillermo del Toro, Baz Luhrmann, and George Clooney.

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"As a Hollywood filmmaker and battlefield documentarian, Burke has seen enough of both Tinseltown and war zones to colorfully interweave both... The story flashes back and forth between Afghanistan’s mountainous regions...and pop-culture-obsessed Hollywood’s thronged streets and nightclubs. Burke's intimate familiarity with both milieus yields a vividly rendered and timely tale that readers will find alternately gripping and amusing." --Booklist

"Martyn Burke gives new meaning to the term 'muscular prose'...in this entertaining, well-told war story." --Now Toronto

"A glorious, globetrotting epic spanning class, race, and ethical borders. Burke's personal history as a Hollywood filmmaker and combat-zone documentarian makes this book seem less written than lived--it is filled with the crystalline details and hard-earned truths that can only be gained through on-the-ground experience. Burke is a marvel. Read this book." --Craig Davidson, author of Giller Prize–nominated Cataract City

"Burke has written a beautiful, gripping, and timely story of love, friendship, and war. This is stunning storytelling that will make your heart race, break, then soar." --Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans

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