Intriguing from the first
page to the last, The Producer’s Daughter looks
at the lives of the rich, famous, and corrupt inside Hollywood,
California’s movie industry. The story focuses primarily
on Hannah Doran, the daughter of big-time film producer Warren
Doran and his late wife, Pamela, a beautiful socialite who
mysteriously took her own life for no apparent reason. After
a brief prologue revisiting the night of Pamela’s death
in 1990, the story begins in the present as Hannah prepares
to be released from prison.
Charged, convicted, and incarcerated for grand theft of an
expensive diamond necklace, Hannah has fuzzy memories of that
day, but accepts the consequences for her out-of-control behavior
prior to the incident. In a misguided effort to get attention
from her father, she had dropped out of college and begun
behaving like other spoiled celebrity children, abusing substances,
partying all night, and hanging out with the wrong crowds.
Now, after serving her time for the crime, Hannah’s
convinced she wants to re-enroll in school and spend her time
and substantial amount of trust funds on a worthy cause, such
as feeding the homeless, instead of squandering her money
on designer clothes, shoes, and jewelry.
Yet again, she finds her newfound freedom and altruistic attitude
don’t elicit her father’s approval. In fact, Warren
and his business partner, Thad, seem determined to undermine
all her efforts to start a new life for herself. With the
help of Mitch, a handsome celebrity photographer who’s
been stalking her, they begin a dangerous quest to find answers
to various mysteries among Hollywood’s elite. The more
they explore (and their relationship becomes romantic), the
more dead bodies start appearing around town. From studio
executives to high-priced hookers, lies, greed, and violence
lie beneath false facades. Throughout their adventure, Hannah
also wonders if Mitch’s interest in her may be merely
a ploy to get the money shot that will solidify his career.
Is there anyone in Hollywood she can trust?
Marcott, a screenwriter, script-doctor, and producer who lives
in Los Angeles, fills her story with multi-faceted characters,
natural dialogue, and an intricately woven plot that successfully
connects all the dots. The lively writing style, sordid details,
and many conspiracies will keep readers guessing until the
very end about who did what to whom and why. For those seeking
even more meaning, the book addresses issues of abandonment
and identity as Hannah replays her past over and over again
as she struggles to make sense of the present. This fascinating
mystery thriller should delight readers looking for an insider’s
look at what could be happening behind locked doors of the
entertainment industry’s most powerful executives.