Digby’s Hollywood: Thomas Fuchs
Sometimes an incident can change your entire life. Imagine getting washed up on a private beach and being found by a rich business mogul that runs a movie studio in Hollywood. Questioned by the family that found you and yet taken home by chauffeured limo, you are treated royally but offered a job at the studio. Roger Digby’s life changed for the better that day as he decided to give up his job as a gas station attendant and take on one as a studio cop. But, life working at this studio would be anything but boring or mundane. Meeting the head of his department named Lou they would form a bond along with the driver named Kenny until something would change. Driving drunken writers home when they needed a lift. A young actress pretending to need a ride and dragging him all over LA in order to practice her role in a movie. Using him for her own purposes when necessary yet not really caring that she had a place in his heart.
Next we learn about a cross dresser named Scott who gets drunk and needs Digby to drive him home. Digby is great with people and knows how to defuse situations where others would lose their cool. But, what happens when Kenny the driver is fired? What happens when he drops this cross-dresser off at home and somehow he winds up dead the next day? Digby learns the in’s and out’s of the movie world, dealing with Hollywood starlets and gets caught up in it all. But, what about Digby? What does he really want and who is he really? Told in narrative form yet you can hear the banter, the dialogue, humor and sarcasm as Digby a movie-studio security force cop copes with more than his share of intrigue, drama, added by a screenwriter that seems bent on creating the perfect plot but needs to get drunk to get started, and one young man who wants to try out different things in life, hopes to find his own niche as to what is real and what is within the stories that we create within our own minds.
Movies are made from stories that are either real or made up. When a little girl falls into a well and cannot be saved, the stories that are contrived and the possibilities are discussed at a function hosted by his boss and is wife. Listening to the writer, Alan Swink and his wife you know the wheels of money are turning and he plans to make the tragic event into a possible movie and even has the father of the child cast. As the father of little Kathy is at a commission meeting hoping that they fund sealing up old wells, little does he know until later on that his daughter is a victim of what he is trying to prevent. But, money speaks and the end result is yet to come.
Digby begins to rethink what might have happened to Jack Scott when the police knock at his door and want him to confess to the events of the night. Questions play within his mind as he sits in the darkness of a movie theater and begins to replay the events as he remembers them. Just what really did happen to Scott? Did he fall down the stairs? Did someone push him? Did he owe money to the movie studio’s bookie and someone wanted to send a message loud and clear? What happens when Digby reveals his feelings, his thoughts to someone? Wait until you read the surprise ending because who knows what author Thomas Fuchs has in store for Digby and what other stories he will tell in Digby’s voice. Great novella with much food for thought as you meet some Hollywood moguls, those just in it for glory and money and others who will do anything to cover-up truths that need to remain buried. Digby is a character that I would like to see more of in a larger role in a novel. Digby’s Hollywood: What is real and what are the stories he sees within his mind! One simple rescue. One life changing experience.
Fran Lewis: Just Reviews/MJ Magazine