EXT. CABANA, SANTA MONICA, CA – SUNSET
New to LA and fresh off his first spec sale, a screenwriter spies a girl through a cloud of cigarette smoke. He approaches her; their eyes meet and they connect instantly.
If the screenwriter’s story were to end on this moment, it would have a happy ending. Instead, we
EXT. CABANA, SANTA MONICA, CA – NIGHT – FOUR YEARS LATER
A shit-storm is brewing over Hollywood. Cyber-attacks are decimating the studio system, exposing the secrets of everyone within it.
The screenwriter — now a disaffected entertainment news blogger — sits at the bar, unwinding with a whiskey after a day spent investigating the hacks.
That is, until Grace Chase — the girl from four years prior, now the star of television’s Vampire Queen — requests his help when she’s blackmailed with incriminating photos.
The entertainment news blogger is reluctant to oblige, knowing to do so will propel him on an odyssey across Los Angeles that will have him questioning everything about the girl he once knew and the industry that’s defined his life.
But Grace needs him and he’s powerless to deny her. Off this, we
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Praise for Keep Santa Monica Clean
“Dante is a perfect combination of charming and difficult for this sort of tale, and Grace is pitch-perfect as his opposite number. But the glue that holds it all together is the twisting novel’s style and sense of humor. Sharp narration and situation comedy blend with the genuine threat of the hackers and Hollywood itself to keep the pages turning.” – Kirkus Reviews