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Vintage, 1998 - Mass media - 406 pages
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Saul Karoo is a successful Hollywood script doctor, a fixer of flawed films. He is fifty, overweight, a heavy drinker and chain smoker. He is at an age when things break down, but he has no health insurance. His separation from his wife, Dianah, has become another form of marriage. His relationship with his son, Billy, a college student, is one of pure avoidance. He cannot free himself from the grip of the powerful producer Jay Cromwell. The unnecessary scenes that he has effortlessly cut from other people's screenplays seem to threaten his own life. But Saul Karoo is the ultimate fixer. He must find an emotional and intellectual solution - one that may in the end prove more deadly than the problems it was intended to solve.

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In his second novel (after Summer Crossing, LJ 10/1/82), the late screenwriter creates a memorable monster in the titular Karoo, a genius hack and aging Manhattan-bound script and film doctor who's ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Steve Tesich wrote many plays and screenplays, including the Academy Award-winning Breaking Away and The World According to Garp. His first novel, Summer Crossing, was published in 1982. He died in 1996 at the age of fifty-three.

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