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Hollywood, Thursday 24 September 1953 - the star-studded West Coast premiere of The Robe, the world's first Cinemascope epic, lights up Hollywood with searchlights and glamour. Far from the bright lights, in a run-down apartment in West Los Angeles, private investigator and studio fixer Rick Barker finds a victim of brutal murder. Meanwhile in downtown L.A., a Greyhound bu Hollywood, Thursday 24 September 1953 - the star-studded West Coast premiere of The Robe, the world's first Cinemascope epic, lights up Hollywood with searchlights and glamour. Far from the bright lights, in a run-down apartment in West Los Angeles, private investigator and studio fixer Rick Barker finds a victim of brutal murder. Meanwhile in downtown L.A., a Greyhound bus delivers troubled teenager Zeke Candy to Tinseltown, where he hopes to make it in pictures. As the movie industry launches a fight-back against the onslaught of TV, the City of Angels, where anything goes and dog eats dog in the quest for fame and riches, reveals its true nature: young Zeke is soon plunged into a maelstrom of exploitation and corruption where his only asset is to be sexy meat for movie moguls, stars, and has-beens, traded by unscrupulous fixers out for an easy buck.


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Hollywood, Thursday 24 September 1953 - the star-studded West Coast premiere of The Robe, the world's first Cinemascope epic, lights up Hollywood with searchlights and glamour. Far from the bright lights, in a run-down apartment in West Los Angeles, private investigator and studio fixer Rick Barker finds a victim of brutal murder. Meanwhile in downtown L.A., a Greyhound bu Hollywood, Thursday 24 September 1953 - the star-studded West Coast premiere of The Robe, the world's first Cinemascope epic, lights up Hollywood with searchlights and glamour. Far from the bright lights, in a run-down apartment in West Los Angeles, private investigator and studio fixer Rick Barker finds a victim of brutal murder. Meanwhile in downtown L.A., a Greyhound bus delivers troubled teenager Zeke Candy to Tinseltown, where he hopes to make it in pictures. As the movie industry launches a fight-back against the onslaught of TV, the City of Angels, where anything goes and dog eats dog in the quest for fame and riches, reveals its true nature: young Zeke is soon plunged into a maelstrom of exploitation and corruption where his only asset is to be sexy meat for movie moguls, stars, and has-beens, traded by unscrupulous fixers out for an easy buck.

35 review for Mulholland Meat

  1. 4 out of 5

    Preston

    I was just wildly in love with Zeke Candy! You could be too. Who knows? He likes being scratched behind the ears and that's way manly… well except Zeke is dog which I know not from experience but it has long been said "All men are dogs." If all men were dogs I'd like men more [or more men] cuz I love dogs :) I was just wildly in love with Zeke Candy! You could be too. Who knows? He likes being scratched behind the ears and that's way manly… well except Zeke is dog which I know not from experience but it has long been said "All men are dogs." If all men were dogs I'd like men more [or more men] cuz I love dogs :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    To start off this was not at all the book that I was expecting. What was I expecting? That's a really good question, because I'm not exactly sure. On one hand I thought it was going to be like Rod Bellamy's erotic roller coaster Mississippi Hustler. As this book is another offering from the publisher's Gay Pulp imprint it seemed perfectly reasonable that it would be a similar simple sexual escapade. On the other hand I thought it might be like other books with such beautiful covers by Oliver Fre To start off this was not at all the book that I was expecting. What was I expecting? That's a really good question, because I'm not exactly sure. On one hand I thought it was going to be like Rod Bellamy's erotic roller coaster Mississippi Hustler. As this book is another offering from the publisher's Gay Pulp imprint it seemed perfectly reasonable that it would be a similar simple sexual escapade. On the other hand I thought it might be like other books with such beautiful covers by Oliver Frey. Oddly enough it is both of these and neither. What starts off seemingly like another Mississippi Hustler type story quickly transforms into an amalgamation of a fictionalized Hollywood expose and hard-edged crime investigation. While the focus is on Zeke Candy's budding career in the motion picture industry there are just enough detours through the investigation into the brutal death of another youthful actor; into the twilight moments of the career of a silent era star and her tortured and neglected son; into the observations of a maid and chauffeur; into the life of a struggling screenwriter; into the twisted distorted views of a hypocritical evangelist and into the investigations of a studio handler who's been given the job of tracking down who killed that youthful actor. If it sounds like a cast of characters of epic proportions you are not wrong. There are even more members to this list that meander through a Hollywood tour that includes cameos by stars that reads like a Who's Who of greats of the silver screen. All this is woven into a tale that mixes real players and frictional characters that blur what and who is historical and who and what is authorial creation. There are a few missteps and a scene or two that don't ring quite true and at times the switches between first-person and third-person perspective are disconcerting, but... But. Honestly, I loved this book. The multiple characters and blurring of reality and fantasy actually reminded me of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, replacing the comic book industry with the motion picture industry. The juxtaposition of perspectives actually elevates the narrative of erotic sequences into an odd place that gives it a unique take on the crime-noir fiction of the 40s & 50s. So I found this book to be inventive and interesting in ways I had simply not expected. While it is a pretty straight-forward gay neo-pulp story, the characters, the perspective switches, the romance, the erotic scenes and the blurring of the real and the imagined combine to turn it into something very different: an enjoyable, fascinating and compelling read. In the interest of full disclosure I should offer that I did received an electronic advanced reader's copy of the book, but only after I had already pre-ordered a paperback copy. That order still stands and I'm eagerly looking forward to adding Kip Nolan's novel to my physical collection of books. A quick addendum: I just had a vision of this being made into a film using CGI to replicate the Hollywood stars of yesterday. That would make one awesomely controversial film. It would be awesome if someone could give the author a huge sum of money and make that happen, even if the film only used like-a-looks. That's a movie I'd love to see!

  3. 4 out of 5

    scavola scavola

    Mulholland Meat, and meat he was. They grabbed him right off the bus and put him through the grinder, but it was better than the life he left, and was the price you paid for success in this fictionalized account of the golden age of Hollywood. This book breathes authenticity, from locations to the movie-making process to the movers and shakers and real stars, stars given pseudonyms, and imagined stars. While the book has a murder, what hooked me was his journey. I enjoyed his success, and the mo Mulholland Meat, and meat he was. They grabbed him right off the bus and put him through the grinder, but it was better than the life he left, and was the price you paid for success in this fictionalized account of the golden age of Hollywood. This book breathes authenticity, from locations to the movie-making process to the movers and shakers and real stars, stars given pseudonyms, and imagined stars. While the book has a murder, what hooked me was his journey. I enjoyed his success, and the moments he enjoyed it too. (Advance copy received for impartial review)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tex Reader

    4.0 of 5 stars – Nasty Noir, Prime Pulp, Echoes of Phil Andros (RIP). [Thanks to the author for a free copy via Goodreads' G/G gay fiction for gay men group] I love various gay genres, including historicals, romance and mystery; and I enjoyed this for all that and more. Kip Nolan captured well the tradition of gay pulp erotica, with a '50's Tinseltown setting and a dash of a mystery thriller. Nolan apparently writes under several names, yet this is the first of his I've read. Early on in this, a sc 4.0 of 5 stars – Nasty Noir, Prime Pulp, Echoes of Phil Andros (RIP). [Thanks to the author for a free copy via Goodreads' G/G gay fiction for gay men group] I love various gay genres, including historicals, romance and mystery; and I enjoyed this for all that and more. Kip Nolan captured well the tradition of gay pulp erotica, with a '50's Tinseltown setting and a dash of a mystery thriller. Nolan apparently writes under several names, yet this is the first of his I've read. Early on in this, a screenwriter said, "Research can be a real bitch." Here, Nolan did his research and brought to life 50's Hollywood – in a "film noir" tone that depicted the times, settings, and people with the talk of the 50's Hollywood films, actors, studios, restaurants and other locations. It had that dark side of exploitation, corruption, and McCarthyism (with its “pinko-faggot-commie hating” stirred by the HUAC and like-minded evangelists). Yet Nolan also captured the glamor seen by fans, as well as the secret pool parties and back room shenanigans that Hollywood was known for. All the Hollywood adages were in play here – the casting couch, sleeping your way to the top, divas, behind the scenes backstabbing and maneuvering, and the stereotypical legend of being discovered, in this case, right off the bus. I also enjoyed the Peyton Place gossipy way of talking about all the stars and the name-dropping of guys we now know were on the down low. The story was told from a first-person POV of Rick, who acts more as a narrator than a major character (think of Nick in The Great Gatsby). As a straight studio fixer, he worked to keep gay stars’ reputations safe, which also meant investigating a murder. The mystery part was decent, but unfortunately it wasn’t a main focus. I was hoping it would have taken a beefier role in the storyline, so to speak, with more complexity and twists. I also wanted a little more character development. While I liked the pulp style, it sometimes bordered on stereotyping the players, not providing more nuanced depth. There were some awkward phrasings that made me stumble a few times; and it played a bit too much into those stereotypical Hollywood legends. Even so, along those lines (pun intended), I was drawn in by the spotlight on the rising film career of the newly discovered neophyte, Zeke. Sharing center stage with this was his romantic involvements, making way for a nicely done, sweet romance. The sex scenes were fairly numerous and sensual, appealing to what I think and feel as a guy (in fact, some scenes could have been even hotter :-). And to Nolan’s credit, the sex didn’t overwhelm but complemented the overall story as a natural part of it. Even up to the melodramatic climax, which worked nicely for this style. This reminded me of Phil Andros’ gay pulp erotica. In Secret Historian about Samuel Steward's fascinating life, I learned he set out to not just crank out porn, but to write exceptionally literate, upbeat pro-homosexual pornography. He used the pseudonym of Phil Andros, and gained quite a name for himself (I couldn't resist :-) in the pulp sub-culture. I think I read that Nolan's intent was to emulate such pulp, which he did in fine fashion. It was a good throwback, both in terms of its style and the times. A fun, nasty pleasure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    Review to follow

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    Michael

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  34. 5 out of 5

    Good_danto

  35. 4 out of 5

    Guillem

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