The Desperation of Harry
In this amazing anti-mystery loaded with dark humor, twenty-three-year-old Monty Hill leaves his Midwestern roots for 1977 Hollywood with dreams of becoming a major film screenwriter. He meets Harry, an unpredictable yet endearing man who in hopes to assist Monty financially, steers him to an apparently dangerous producer of pornographic movies, just as an unidentified pedophile looms in the background, inexplicably relating his own brief narratives.
When Patrol Officer Lauren Starkly finds an unconscious teenage girl posed as a corpse, she learns that the offense mirrors two other recent assaults. The startling revelation hits the news and sends a shockwave through the city. A serial rapist with a “death” fetish is at large in San Francisco. The attack is intensely personal to Lauren. Not only did she find the victim, but the girl is a close friend of her daughter, Courtney.