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The Fourth Wall (Dagmar, #3)

The Fourth Wall (Dagmar, #3) - Walter Jon Williams Not quite sci-fi, not quite techno-thriller, this story builds on the background of the two previous Dagmar stories, and it is fun to make contact again with Dagmar's team. They make the cyber stuff and tech stuff easier, and lets WJW concentrate on this tangential story, a funny and often sad look at the seamy side of the Hollywood entertainment industry and the child actors whose lives fuel this bonfire, often to their great regret. Sean, the protagonist, is the archetype of a child actor, great success and self-developed skill, and amazing and distressing selfishness that allows him to survive his exploitation by his parents and the implosion of his career, until he gets the role of a lifetime, during which he, as required by the script, grows his character into an appealing person, some of which growth seems to rub off on Sean. Lots of detail on the business of acting, developing character, the personalities of people in the business, very often funny, suspenseful, entertaining. A large part of the suspense is in trying to guess who is trying to murder Sean, who is murdering others in the production, and why Dagmar is making this movie.