The Return of the PlayerMichael Tolkin
12 July 2007
Published by Atlantic Books
When we last saw film executive Griffin Mill, fifteen years ago, he had just got away with murder. Now he’s fifty-two, and down to his last $6 million. Divorce and stress have made him impotent, he’s sure that global warming is going to destroy the planet – and his career has stalled. He needs to get out of Hollywood. But Mill needs an escape route, a safe haven – a private island somewhere in the south pacific with an airstrip and high ground. He has one last, desperate plan. He will convince almost-billionaire Phil Ginsberg (who aspires to ‘really savage wealth’) to join him for one final project – a film about the thing Hollywood understands best: money.
The Return of the Player is a brilliant, incisive and candid satire of contemporary society spinning out of control.
Tolkin remains impressive as a scorched-earth social satirist.Janet Maslin
New York Times
A wicked fever dream of a novel.Tom Nolan
San Francisco Chronicle
Tolkin utterly captures the most salient quality of life in Hollywood: the bowel-shaking fear that underlies everything.Seth Greenland
Los Angeles Times