Malicious Intent by Mike Walker
A Hollywood Fable

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"There is only one 'Guru of Gossip,' and that's Mike Walker. He's the dean of celebrity news and a first-rate TV personality."
--Geraldo Rivera

"I always assume Mike Walker has scooped anything I write. He surprises everybody by arriving without horns and a tail. He's amazingly rational, down-to-earth, intelligent, and 'with-it.'"
--Liz Smith

"Mike Walker is the Hemingway of gossip."
--Howard Stern

Mike Walker is an industry. And he's booming. He is, as Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker says, a "larger-than-life figure." For the last 35 years, Walker has been giving the public what it wants. As the famed gossip writer for the National Enquirer, the newspaper with the largest circulation in the United States, Walker dishes celebrity news in his column "Behind the Screens," reaching 17 million Americans each week. He's also a New York Times bestselling author, having penned his way to the top of the list with Nicole Brown Simpson: Private Diary of a Life Interrupted and Private Diary of an O.J. Juror. He's featured every Friday on "The Howard Stern Show" and is a regular guest on television shows like "Geraldo," "Nightline," and "Larry King Live," to name a few.

Malicious Intent is Mike Walker's debut novel, a rip-snorting foray into the badlands of Hollywood celebrity, a story about big-time players following their "No Guts, No Glory!" regimen. Charmain Burns is a star with a capital S, a fire-breathing bombshell who doesn't take NO! for an answer and always goes to extremes to get her way. Her antics are what legends are made of.

Her national notoriety as Miss Hula Girl lands Charmain a shot in Hollywood. Her big break comes when she's offered a chance to read for the mega-producer Larry Buckley, who needs a hot new face for his waning TV series BevHills High. Buckley decides that she is the ticket BevHills High needs. Charmain Burns is "The Girl You Love to Hate." Suddenly, the show is #1, and Charmain Burns is a household name, the bad girl of television. Yet only one thing will make her truly happy, and that's landing the lead in the sure-to-be-a-blockbuster film Medusa, a role every A-list star wants. The story is about an actress who would literally kill for a part--it's a role that Charmain knows all too well.

With stardom comes media madness. And the media thrives off of stars like Charmain, who have a penchant for trouble. When the National Revealer prints unfavorable photos of Charmain, she relays a message to Steve Bellini, one of the newspapers celebrity-gossip editors, but her scare tactics quickly turn to murder, and Charmain's world begins to unravel.

Always suspicious, Cameron Tull, the National Revealer's senior gossip columnist, is on the case, shooting for the story every writer dreams about. While Charmain furiously tries to erase her ties to the accident, Tull is furiously digging into her past. And he finds evidence that not only links Charmain to Bellini's murder, but uncovers her lethal history. The climax is a harrowing, out-of-control roller coaster ride, one that is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Packed with rich characters, strong female personalities, real life stars such as Madonna, Joan Rivers, Sharon Stone, Hugh Grant and Johnnie Cochran, plus anecdotes only a gossip columnist like Mike Walker could know, Malicious Intent is the book all Hollywood will be gossiping about this fall. And when Hollywood gossips, the world listens.

About Mike Walker

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Mike Walker is surely one of today's most recognized media names, whether you're talking print, radio, TV, or books. Born in Boston, he was reading Dante at 7 with the encouragement of an uncle who lectured at a local university. Yet, by 16, Walker had left school to join the U.S. Air Force, where, during a four-year stint, he became interested in the world of newspapers and taught himself how to be a working journalist. On leaving the AF, he remained in the Far East, becoming the youngest ever foreign correspondent for International News Service (which later merged with UP to become UPI), and working as a reporter for Tokyo's Asahi Shimbun, the world's largest newspaper. His journalism career in Japan included writing a column on the entertainment world for the Tokyo-based Shipping and Trade News , the Far East equivalent of the Wall Street Journal.While in the Far East, he also worked as a foreign correspondent for NBC "Monitor," the award-winning news and news feature radio network show, and as a contributing editor to The Boston Traveler, London Evening News, Hong Kong Tiger Standard, and Bunte (Germany). And he produced an award-winning prime-time network TV special that revealed twelve Japanese heroes and the world's only intact Mitsubishi bomber on a Pacific island forgotten after World War II. (His journalistic career abroad was certainly enhanced by the fact that, while living and working in the Far East, Walker learned to speak fluent Japanese.)Returning to the States, Walker joined the National Enquirer. In the 25 years since, he's developed his two-page "Behind the Screens" gossip column into the newspaper's most popular and best read feature, and the Enquirer has become the largest circulation paper in America--read by 17 million readers weekly. While continuing his column, he branched out into daily talk radio, taking on the job of hosting the nationally syndicated and highly rated radio program, "Mike Walker's Gossip Page," on the Westwood One (CBS) network. The show was broadcast on 165 radio stations. Walker is still heard daily on 24 BBC and independent stations in Great Britain.In the mid-1990s, with the publication of two New York Times non-fiction bestsellers, Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted, co-authored by Walker with Faye Resnick, and Private Diary of an O.J. Juror co-authored with Michael Knox, Walker's name achieved high recognition in the book world.With successful forays into TV through regular appearances on "Larry King Live," "Joan Rivers," "A Current Affair," "Entertainment Tonight," "Politically Incorrect," and "Geraldo" (more times than any other guest), Walker proved Walker to be a gregarious, engaging TV personality. His MGM-TV specials on the entertainment world were big ratings grabbers in 1998.Since 1996, Howard Stern, who calls Walker "the Hemingway of gossip," has featured Walker every Friday on his top-rated radio show to conduct the "Mike Walker Game." For those who've not listened in, here's the way the game works: Sometime during the 7:30 to 8 AM segment, Stern introduces Walker as the gossip editor of the National Enquirer. With the time slot's guest ensconced in the studio, Walker talks gossip with Stern, co-host Robin Quivers, a show producer, and the guest. Then Stern says, "Alright, let's play the 'Mike Walker Game.'" On comes the recorded lead-in, which closes with the booming tag, "Enquiring Minds Want to Know," and a female voice saying, "I want to know." Walker then provides four gossip items, only one of which is false. The group's object is to guess which one is the red herring. Often, Walker stumps the panel.Starting September 13, 1999, Walker will host "National Enquirer," a highly anticipated half-hour daily TV program. The show will harness the unique resources of the National Enquirer and the talent of America's most popular gossip columnist, Mike Walker. It will offer a daily roundup of celebrity gossip, entertainment ne
Published August 22, 2010 by Bancroft Press. 412 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Crime. Fiction

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Walker (Nicole Brown Simpson, not reviewed), gossip columnist for the National Enquirer, knows that a big dish of a tabloid, vice-ridden novel—the bloodier the better—won't kill you.

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