Thursday, May 31, 2007

Pg. 69: Bill Bryan's "Keep It Real"

The current feature at the Page 69 Test: Bill Bryan's Keep It Real.

About the book, from the author's website:
Ted used to be an investigative reporter — a good one. But that was before the divorce, the meltdown, the subsequent supervised visitation of his adorable little girl. Now he’s one of several peon producers for the inexplicably successful reality show, ‘The Mogul.’ Ted’s not a happy man. Unlike his viewers, he takes no joy in the vapid “reality” he helps edit together for ratings. That is, until it lands him in the middle of a murder investigation.
Among the praise for Keep It Real:

"Keep It Real is one of the funniest crime novels I've ever read. If you like Westlake, you'll love this. I did."
--J.A. Konrath, author of Whiskey Sour

"If you like to laugh, and you hate reality TV, you will love this wonderfully, viciously hilarious book."
--Dave Barry

“A scathing satire of… reality TV.. Every turn… provides one more excuse to rip away at the fa├žade of today's hottest programming genre. And no, author Bryan doesn't care if this offends The Donald.”
--James Winter, January Magazine

“If Carl Hiaasen and Joseph Heller collaborated on a book to satirize reality TV, you’d get Bill’s Bryan’s Keep It Real. An instant classic.”
--Ken Bruen, author of The Guards

"Hilarious, profane, and dead-on funny. Keep It Real is a brilliant comic mystery which skewers the world of Reality TV, rap music, and Hollywood lawyers. Run out and buy it now and be prepared to stay up all night, choking with dark laughter."
--Robert Ward, author of Red Baker and Four Kinds of Rain

“TV writer and producer Bryan spoofs, satirizes, and burlesques his way through that kingdom of sin and sizzle, Hollywood, in this… funny debut crime novel… [that] shows a real gift for satire.”
--Publishers Weekly

“[A] funny… and politically incorrect romp.”
--Library Journal

Visit Bill Bryan's website and blog.

The Page 69 Test: Bill Bryan's Keep It Real.

--Marshal Zeringue