Michael Tolkin

Michael Tolkin is a writer, director and producer. His novels include The Player, The Return of the Player, Among the Dead and Under Radar. For the film adaptation of The Player, Tolkin won the Writers Guild Award, the British Academy Award, the Chicago Film Critics' Award, the PEN Center USA West Literary Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime screenplay. Most recently, he has been a consulting producer and writer for the series Ray Donovan.


Brave, brilliant and barely speculative... Part cartoon and part allegory, it's tempting to call NK3 the first book of the Trump era.Chris Kraus, author of I LOVE DICK

NK3 is either the last great Hollywood novel or the first great book of Burning Man... a strangely terrifying if celebratory novel of remnants, fragments, the nag of one's inner voice, and dim reminders of the dissolve that has become America.A. M. Homes
Vanity Fair

NK3 is nightmare and satire, thriller and warning. Crafted by a master storyteller, it is a haunting parable about civilization marching forward, while forgetting what it leaves behind.
Los Angeles Review of Books

[An] ingenious dystopian thriller... clever entertainment
Washington Post

Darkly satirical... At a time of alternative facts and a bend toward cultural amnesia, NK3 feels especially prescient.
San Francisco Chronicle

An intricate and cleverly constructed account of the aftermath of a North Korean chemical attack
New Yorker

Tolkin's mad world of imbeciles and cast-offs bears a cruel resemblance to our own, yet he approaches it kindly, with mournful pity. An inspired speculative satire, wickedly stimulating but soulful, too. It got to me, this novel. I just can't shake it.Walter Kirn

As an existentialist horror story, NK3 tautly proposes a future that now, in post-factual America, seems closer than ever.Jon Robin Baitz

Michael Tolkin is an L.A. Antonioni with a sense of humour.
New Yorker

One of the most wounding and satirical of all Hollywood exposés: dark and mordant . . . A nightmare rendered with icy precision.
L.A. Times on THE PLAYER

Tolkin remains impressive as a scorched-earth social satirist.

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