From two Hollywood insiders (Obst is a producer, Wolper a screenwriter), an authentic and sexy first novel about modern Hollywood. Young would-be screenwriter Carolyn Foster is wide-eyed the day she starts work as secretary, to Nicole Lansford, one of Millenium Studios' most powerful executives (was that really Burt Reynolds?), but she sheds her innocence very quickly as she observes the rough and tumble of studio politics. Specifically, sleazy but very powerful Millenium producer Lance Burton is jockeying to get his movie, Dirty Dreams, made--the risky flick is based on his own penchant for sadomasochistic sex--and to do so, he's not above blackmailing a gay (but in the closet) Millenium exec; having kinky sex with another; and helping to force Nicole out of a job. Dirty Dreams comes in 20 million over budget, a fiasco comparable to Heaven's Gate or Howard the Duck, and a coked-up Burton drives his Ferrari over a Hollywood cliff; but Foster and Lansford find happiness--Carolyn will have her first screenplay produced, and Nicole will fall truly in love with a down-to-earth Australian director. Good fun--and fascinating for the gritty, behind-the-scenes Hollywood dealing and double-dealing.