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The Man Who Died Laughing

Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Series: Stewart Hoag, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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Summary

Down on his luck, a writer takes a ghostwriting job for a troubled comedian.

Stewart Hoag’s first novel made him the toast of New York. Everyone in Manhattan wanted to be his friend, and he traveled the cocktail circuit supported by Merilee, his wife, and Lulu, his basset hound. But when writer’s block sunk his second novel, his friends, money, and wife all disappeared. Only Lulu stuck by him.

The only opportunity left is ghostwriting—an undignified profession that still beats dental school. His first client is Sonny Day, an aging comic who was the king of slapstick three decades ago. Since he and his partner had a falling out in the late 1950s, Day has grown embittered and poor, until the only thing left for him to do is write a memoir. Hoagy and Lulu fly to Hollywood expecting a few months of sunshine and easy living. Instead they find Day’s corpse, and a murder rap with Hoagy’s name on it.

©2006 David Handler (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • 22-01-18

Very enjoyable

Enjoyed the story, the writing, and it had some nice twists. It's the first book I've read by David Handler. I'll be looking for more.

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  • Andrea L
  • 29-07-19

Had to keep going to the next chapter

I picked out this book because it showed the man walking his dog but I was surprised how much I enjoy listening to this audio book. The main character is Stewart Hoag who does ghost writing for rich and famous people and has a dog name Lulu who eats cats food. I like how Stewart said he wanted to write the more human side of this person and showed empathy through the problems of the main characters. This is another author that I will look forward to seeing the next book in the series.