Young, would-be a movie producer Emily Bennett doesn’t believe Have Gun Will Travel star, Richard Boone, when he tells her about a 2/3 completed film, starring James Dean and John Wayne.
But when she meets the old film editor who stole the master negative of the legendary Showdown, she finds two uncannily gifted celebrity impersonators, and with the aid of the emerging computer technology, sets out to complete the movie.
Filming showdown, Emily and her stars portray characters entangled in an ambiguous love triangle with Oedipal overtones that mirror their real-life dynamic. On top of this and distrusting her prima donnaish director, Emily and her brother (three face-lifts) struggle with unresolved issues about their dying father.
All of these flawed characters find themselves in the titular showdown of their lives when their interwoven back-stories come together in a stormy climax that reveals their hidden animosities, demons, and loves.
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“Now Rick steps back into the Hollywood he knows so well with this fascinating show biz exploration of phantom film and buried cinematic treasure, adds some movie stars we all know, and develops a superb tale that could easily become a screenplay! So what makes this diversion into another Rick Lenz winner? Simple. It is his magnetic style of writing, prose that approaches poetry on nearly every page, a story that utilizes Rick’s Hollywood connection, and the fact that the people he creates (or celebrates…) are so well sculpted that should we pass them on the street we would immediately recognize them. That is a talent in which Rick basks.”
— Grady Harp: Top 100 Amazon reviewer 5-star
“Mr. Lenz has himself spent a lifetime in the world of make believe. Having acted in dozens of films, Broadway plays and TV series’, he brought the nuances of his world to life in this book so authentically, that I too became obsessed with finishing the film.”
— Gerry Blanchard: Director
“Impersonators Anonymous is a great read. I found myself wanting to track the story down, find the missing movie and watch it. Excellent creativity and characterization. Rick Lenz has done it again. Entertaining, believable and a delightful journey from a Hollywood insider.“
— Beverly Vines-Haines: Award winning author
“The writing propels the reader along the narrative in an easy yet compelling rhythm. One could pick this book up and consume it in one sitting but it’s better to take it in serially. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommended.”
— RGMax 5-star Amazon review
“Who would imagine such an unusual story line? Rick Lenz, that’s who. This book is for everyone: Fans of old Hollywood, Geeks with unusual talents, and millennial techies. Mr. Lenz has combined these and other unique worlds into a fun and entertaining read. Buy the book for your next vacation, plane trip, or jury duty service. You won’t want to put it down.”
— Terry Brewer: 5-star Amazon review
“Multi-layered and compelling, Impersonators Anonymous is a fascinating tale. Don’t miss it!”
— Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey: Award winning author
“Impersonators Anonymous was outstanding…. It was such a ‘good read” I didn’t want to put it down after I started it. I finished it in two days! Mr. Lenz is a fine author. I’ve read “The Alexandrite” as well and highly recommend it along with “Impersonators Anonymous!” I plan on reading “North of Hollywood next!“
— “Big Dog” 5-star Amazon review
“Rick Lenz knocked it out of the ball park with this one! A novel, but with many authenticities only someone with Rick’s background would know . If you’ve read the Alexandrite and North of Hollywood you already know he is a very accomplished author. I highly recommend Impersonators Anonymous! I love the artwork on the cover too!“
— Cheryl L: 5-star Amazon review
“Impersonators Anonymous is an entirely unique and gripping novel with two eras of Hollywood as backdrop.”
— Michael Norell: Two time WGA Writer’s Award winner