Laurence Klavan

Ballantine Hardcover February 2004
Ballantine Paperback February 2005
Available as an Audiobook from Sound Library

"A witty spoof...Klavan gleefully slices and dices every known speciman of the Hollywood film trade...Worth its weight in popcorn."
--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"Highly entertaining...Klavan knows his turf...Sure to put a smile on any movie buff's lips."
--Leonard Maltin

"Brimming with engaging tidbits of movie trivia...This tongue-in-cheek whodunit marks the long overdue second coming of a gifted novelist."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A lightning-paced, high-concept thriller...Astonishingly inventive...One of the best mysteries of the year!"
--Tess Gerritsen

"Something completely different...What a relief to read a murder mystery that does not feature a bullet-munching, tough-as-nails cop or private detective and a dame to kill for..."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Selected Works

Who will survive the Wasteland? The series comes to an end.
A debut collection--fantastical stories set in this jittery, polarized, increasingly impersonal age.
Life ends at nineteen. Try to get there. The Wasteland saga continues.
Esther is fifteen. She has four years left.
At Camp Fielding, get higher SAT scores, a monster IQ, and your parents' love and approval. What have you got to lose? Only your mind...and maybe your life.
In New York City, during the summer of 1942, eleven-year-old Evelyn Weiss will grow up, find a new family, and, in the process, save the world.
CLICK TITLE TO READ AN EXCERPT! Movie geek-turned-detective Roy Milano chases the long-lost complete print of Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons."
Roy returns to look for Jerry Lewis' notorious, never-released film, "The Day the Clown Cried."
Written with composer Polly Pen, a musical based on a notorious Russian silent film.
The newest collaboration with Polly Pen musicalizes novelist Henry James' disastrous foray into theater writing.
Lonely, mixed-up Mona Kale is accused of killing the two "perfect lovers" of her high school years.
Every potential lover Louise might ever have had shows up at her apartment one day.
A suburban family must read from scripts--until they meet a woman who wants to improvise.
At his grandfather's deathbed, the ghosts of Gilbert's relatives arrive to debunk the old man's myth.
A harsh but compassionate comedy, set in a recession, about four people pursuing the wrong partners.
Yuppie Randolph Hackmeat sees his entire life go by in one dizzying day.