There is no dearth of novels about Hollywood, but there are darn few good ones. This one is excellent. A man gets off a bus in Los Angeles in 1969. He has a shaved head and on his scalp is tattooed a picture of Montgomery Clift kissing Elizabeth Taylor in "A Place in the Sun." He has adventures, makes a movie, wins and loses--the plot doesn't make a lot of sense, but let's just say that while this is not the most pleasant story you'll ever read, you have this hankering to stay inside it forever.