But to see it firsthand, I mean, to watch you work...
Well, it wasn't hard, Robby. The guy's wife liked me.
Besides, he was an amateur.
It's too easy with amateurs.
See, you try to figure out who's professional and who isn't.
That's when it gets fun when you...,
when you run into a pro.
You know, most of my salesmen couldn't sniff out a phony claim...
if their noses were nailed to it, but you...
man, you never miss.
What's to miss?
You learn to expect the worst in people, and you get it.
Everyone's looking to play an angle.
I'm always there to clean up the mess.
I'll tell you what.
You stop freelancing, join my staff.
I'll make it worth your while, Trent.
Forget it, Robby.
I'm my own man. Nobody pulls my strings.
I'm independent, I'm happy.
Well, be my man one more time.
I'm having quite a difficult mess with Arcane.
The publishing house?
Yeah, my biggest account.
They just filed a claim that cost me millions.
I want you on this right away.
What's the claim?
Sutter Cane is missing.
Do you read Sutter Cane?
Horror writer Sutter Cane
a harmless pop phenomenon...
or a deadly mad prophet of the printed page?
This was the scene today outside several city bookstores.
Police believe the riots began
because the stores could not meet the demand...
for advance orders of Sutter Cane's latest novel...
"In the Mouth of Madness."
When does fiction become religion?
And are his fans dangerous?
Only if you count axes.
In related news, there were 18 other stores across the city reporting...
Mr. Harglow will see you now.
You're not listening to me. I needed it yesterday.
If you wait any longer, it'll be all over the front page.
Get it done!
我是杰克森·哈格洛 特伦特先生 幸会
Jackson Harglow, Mr. Trent. I'm pleased to meet you.
It's a pleasure.
Excuse the commotion. We have something of a crisis going on.
Now everybody out, please.
I need time with Mr. Trent.
Have Sylvia hold the calls, and you get Linda in here.
Gee. That was great. I almost left myself.
Sit down, please.
I am a little short on patience these days I afraid.
So, Mr. Trent, are you familiar with Arcane?
Well aside from that you're insured by the company I work for.
I never heard of Arcane. I'm sorry.
You read books?
Linda Styles, John Trent.
Linda reads books for a living. She's one of our best editors.
Since she joined the firm she's been handling Sutter Cane exclusively.
Isn't he the guy that writes that horror crap?
Maybe he's too sophisticated for you.
Sutter Cane happens to be this century's most widely read author.
You can forget about Stephen King.
Cane outsells them all.
So what happened to this cash cow of yours?
Cane disappeared two months ago without a trace.
The police have turned up nothing.
Who was the last person to hear from him?
Cane mailed him several chapters of his new book, oh, not two weeks ago.
Plain brown wrapper. No return address.
噢 抱歉 你介意吗
Oh, gee, I'm sorry. You don't mind, do you?
What'd the agent have to say?
Well, you heard what he had to say.
What are you talking about?
I understand you were there when the poor man went crazy
in midtown Manhattan. You...
witnessed the shooting, I believe.
That lunatic with the ax? That was Cane's agent?
Hard to believe, isn't it?
Yeah, well, you'd think a guy that outsells Stephen King could find better representation.
It's just a little joke.
Well, we're not in the mood.
I'll see you out, Mr. Trent.
Cane is a billion-dollar franchise.
He's the tent pole to this company.
We've already sold the film rights to his new book...
as well as publication rights in eighteen languages...
The book you can't find?
Well, his agent found it, at least part of it.
You think he took one look at this latest work of art
and went ax-happy in broad daylight?
I think it's great.
It's great promotion for Arcane, great publicity.
This was not a publicity stunt. You were there.
Cane's writing has been known to have an effect on his less stable readers.
An effect? Like what?
Well, disorientation, memory loss...
severe paranoid reaction.
People pay money to feel like that? It's cute.
真该写到广♥告♥里 - 等一下
Put it in the press kit. - Look.
We need you.
why don't you and I get together after work? We'll go through his files.
I don't think so.
我要看看他的合同 文件 你懂的
I need to see his contracts, papers, you know.
His agent was a total buffer. We don't even know where Cane lives.
What do you know?
Well, for about a year before he disappeared
他的书变得古怪 偏激 更诡异
his work became erratic, bent, more bizarre than usual.
He became convinced his writing was real, not fiction.
Then the work stopped coming.
I need to know if he's alive or dead.
And I need that book.
We've delayed publication as long as we can.
His fans are getting really restless.