Babylon Nights by Daniel Depp
August 16, 2010 - Amy Phelps
A grim and gritty crime noir novel surrounds a lovely but aging movie star and an obssessed fan in Daniel Depp's "Babylon Nights."
David Spandau, the cowboy turned stuntman turned detective is back on the case. Anna Mayhew fears she may be seeing her career wind down and is ready to kill herself - that is, until a zealous fan with a penchant for razors seems to want to do it for her. David is hired to protect Anna and follows her to the Cannes Film Festival, where she is serving as a judge. The two bond over their former lives in Texas and an attraction blossoms. But David isn't the only one who has followed Anna to France...
Perec, a mousy man who runs his mother's beauty salon is tired of living under her thumb and wants to prove his love for Anna, through any violent means necessary. He's determined to track her down in France, and little does he know that one of his violent encounters is going to catch up with him...
Special is a L.A. pimp who happened upon Perec. When Perec cut him and took some money off of him that some very dangerous powers that be want, Special is hot on Perec's heels to get his money back and even the score.
And when all three of these characters' worlds collide, it's not going to be pretty.
Filled with a cast of characters that would make Elmore Leonard proud and a dry wit, Depp writes great modern noir with a firm tongue-in-cheek about the Hollywood lifestyle. He and his character, Spandau are fast becoming favorites of mine. I only hope there's more coming from them soon.
"Babylon Nights" is published by Simon & Schuster. It is $24 and 316 pages long.