"The Actors Guide to Greed (Actors Guide To...)" by Rick Copp

Posted on Sun 03 May 2009 in ClubReading

Jarrod Jarvis was a child actor in a successful sitcom in the 80's. Now he is in 30's and struggling to reignite is career. At the premier party of Jarrod's latest disastrous movie roll (held in the Starbucks across the street from the theater), Jarrod is approached by Wallace Goodwin, one of the writers from the sitcom. Wallace has written a play and wants Jarrod for a particular part. And even more surprising, the play is getting produced and will run on London's West End.

This could just be the break Jarrod needs to get his career jump-started. But days before he is to leave for London, his partner Charlie (a cop) is shot in the line of duty. (Yes, another gay LA cop like Milo Sturgis in J. Kellerman's Alex Delaware books, however that is where the similarities end.) And that is just the beginning, sit tight for sniping and backstabbing actors, murder, kidnapping, attacks by large Germans, rescues by drunken Aussies, corrupt Greek shipping merchants--you name it.

Rick Copp's novel is a blast. The plot is entertaining and the characters are well written and fun. The story is a good mystery with just enough bawdiness and sass. A wonderful, light and fun read. Highly recommended.