The Fourth Wall by Walter Jon Williams

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Dagmar Shaw got out of the game... and into the movies.

Sean is a washed-up child actor reduced to the lowest dregs of reality television to keep himself afloat. His life was a downward spiral of alcoholism, regret, and failure... until he met Dagmar.

Except Sean has secrets, dark even for the Hollywood treadmill of abuse, addiction, and rehab. And Dagmar is a cipher. There are dark rumors about her past, the places she's been, the things she was involved in. People tend to die around her and now, she wants Sean for something. A movie, she says, but with her history, who's to say what her real game is?
 

About Walter Jon Williams

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Walter Jon Williams has been nominated repeatedly for every major SF award, including Hugo and Nebula Award nominations for his novel City on Fire. His most recent books are The Sundering, The Praxis, Destiny's Way, and The Rift. Mr. Williams lives near Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife.
 
Published February 13, 2012 by Orbit. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Present-tense narrator Sean Makin, a highly successful child actor whose parents stole all his money, is now reduced to near-penury, alcoholism and appearances on Celebrity Pitfighter, a reality-TV show wherein washed-up actors like Sean duke it out.

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The protagonist of the earlier books, Dagmar Shaw, hires Sean to star in an unusual multibranched movie serial, and soon he’s being stalked and his co-workers start turning up dead.

Dec 19 2011 | Read Full Review of The Fourth Wall

The Bookbag

This may not be a book that sets the literary world alight, but its good shut-out-the-world escapism that may just leave you a little anxious as you realise that Sean Makin's fictional journey has already started to bleed into real life.

Sep 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Fourth Wall

California Literary Review

The Academy left out some of 2011’s best films and the resulting list is filled with mediocre films at best (The Descendants) and pathetic Oscar bait at worst (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).

Feb 24 2012 | Read Full Review of The Fourth Wall

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