Charles Fleming

The Studio Kill

The early reviews are in ...

Walter Hill said, "1947. Movie studios, murder, gangsters, Red-baiters, Commies, tough guys, starlets, rivers of alcohol, rivers of blood ... Charles Fleming's parodic look at detective stories, noir films and Hollywood sleaze puts the hammer down for the whole ride."

Robert Ward said, "Don't miss 'The Studio Kill.' Beautifully written with all the period details dead-on, dialogue so breezy it'll make your hair stand on end, and a twisty, dangerous plot that keeps you guessing. Buy it and do like I did -- stay up all night and take one long ride."

Denise Hamilton said, "Charles Fleming makes the usual suspects come alive with snappy dialogue, studio gossip and loving descriptions of Hollywood's mid-century landmarks, streets and nightclubs."

Mark Haskell Smith said, "Like Fitzgerald's "Pat Hobby" stories, Charles Fleming takes the reader on a hard-boiled tour of Hollywood." Reading 'The Studio Kill' is like being on the set of a classic film noir."

And Diana Wagman said, "Charles Fleming has written a whip-smart, captivating page-turner. Grab a bowl of popcorn and start reading. You won't be able to stop."

Charles Fleming is co-author of the autobiography My Lobotomy, author of the 1998 national bestseller High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess and co-author of the 2003 New York Times bestsellers Three Weeks In October: The Manhunt for the Serial Sniper and A Goomba's Guide To Life.

Currently a staff writer covering motorcycles and automobiles for the Los Angeles Times, and until recently editor of the Times' "Company Town" section, Fleming has reported on the entertainment industry since 1987, as staff writer and columnist for Newsweek, Variety, LA Weekly and The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and as a freelancer for Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Playboy, Time, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Spy, M Inc., US, Penthouse, McCalls, Los Angeles, California, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Atlanta Constitution-Journal and many other publications in the U.S., the U.K. and Japan.

He also writes the popular monthly urban hiking column "LA Walks" for the Los Angeles Times.

In 2007, he undertook a survey of the public staircases of Silver Lake and environs. The result: Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles. Published in April, 2010 by Santa Monica Press, the book hit #5 on the Los Angeles Times paperback bestseller list. In July, 2011, Fleming published the Northern California sequel, Secret Stairs East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland. In 2015, Santa Monica Press will publish a third book in the series, Secret Walks.

His first novel, The Ivory Coast, was published by St. Martin’s Press in February, 2002. Its sequel, After Havana, was published in January, 2004. A prequel to the series, The Studio Kill, was published in mid-2014 by Asahina + Wallace.

Fleming is also co-author, with Steven R. Schirripa, of the New York Times bestseller A Goomba’s Guide to Life, published by Clarkson Potter in September 2002, and its sequel, The Goomba Book of Love, published in October 2003. Look for The Goomba Diet: Living Large and Loving It, in May, 2006.

Fleming and Schirripa's young adult mystery novel Nicky Deuce: Welcome to the Family, was published to great acclaim in November 2005 and was followed in November 2006 by Nicky Deuce: Home for the Holidays.

Fleming is also part of the adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism, where he has taught entertainment reporting, arts reporting and news writing.

When he isn't writing, Fleming reads, travels, snowboards, hikes, plays tennis and rides motorcycles. He lives in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles.

Selected Works

Non-fiction, biography
The heart-breaking, award-winning National Public Radio story of childhood lobotomy survivor Howard Dully, now grippingly told in book form.
Explosive story of 1950s Las Vegas; "Impressive, sure-bet thriller,"
Pre-Castro Cuba catches fire in this sequel to The Ivory Coast.
Nicky Deuce returns with more meatballs and mayhem.
Thrilling young adult adventure story for boys and girls aged 8 to 18.
Riveting autobiographical story of the chief who caught the DC snipers
How to live like a guy from the neighborhood ...
How to make amore like a guy from the neighborhood ...
The fast life and ugly death of Hollywood's most notorious film producer
Travel Essay
Ten damp days in Havana