A REAL ROLLERCOASTER RIDE
FROM THE IVORY TOWER
TO SUNSET BOULEVARD!
He’s got a concept all Hollywood will kill for…
High Concepts: A Hollywood Nightmare
A darkly comic thriller by Daniel McInerny
Donald P. Wirt, PhD, is a young, obtuse professor of philosophy who is mistakenly fired for “unprofessional and unethical conduct” at a professional ethics conference. But his luck changes when an affluent couple hires him to be a private tutor to their son, Miles, a brilliant high school junior who, rather than prepping for the SAT, spends his nights writing slasher film scripts and pitching Hollywood prodcos under the nom de théâtre, “Donnie Percival.” When one of those prodcos surprisingly requests an actual meeting in L.A., Miles fears he will lose the deal if he’s discovered to be only a pimply youth of sixteen. So in return for a share of the payout, he sends Donald in his place–in the guise of “Donnie Percival.”
Yet almost as soon as his plane lands at LAX, Donald discovers that “Donnie Percival” has a life of his own. Hardly aware of what is happening to him, he is quickly embroiled in an cutthroat world of warring producers, ferocious celebrity pets, and a former teen queen looking for a reboot as a serious actress.
As the clueless Donald becomes the hottest scribe in Hollywood, the burning question emerges: how hot can “Donnie Percival” become before Donald himself goes up in flames?
One reviewer described High Concepts as “laugh out loud funny.” But you can laugh silently if you prefer.
What else are they saying about High Concepts on Amazon?
“If you’re looking for a page-turning summer read that is both riotously funny and intellectually satisfying, you’ve found it in McInerny’s first novel. Seamlessly blending academia and Hollywood, and satirizing them both while recognizing their potential for good, this good-spirited farce may be the best thing you can download this season!”
“…a plot worthy of any of the old-time screwball comedies. A hitman that knowledgeably discusses philosophy? Horror producers named Blood and Gore? It takes a special skill to balance smart and silly as McInerny does in High Concepts.”