Howard Kessler has lived the fast life of a Hollywood star. What could Howard possibly need after a lifetime filled with everything anyone could ever want? When he gets fired from the set of a film which was supposed to resurrect his status and details come out about a sordid, drunken affair with a possibly underage groupie, his long time girlfriend leaves him and Howard embarks on soul-searching expedition that takes him right back to Brooklyn, against the will of his trusted friend and agent. His expectations of finding fulfillment and vindication were high as he left Los Angeles city limits. He envisioned a big welcome, warm embraces, and the nostalgia of the fun of the past. As he travels east, he realizes he has a better opportunity to reinvent himself and changes his objective.
The reunion provides the painful details of the past, and reminds Howard why he left Coney Island and never turned back. He seizes the opportunity to exploit the guys and the put the old—and not so pretty—stories in a screenplay. While he holes up in a condo in Brighton Beach to write it, the untrusting daughter and journalist of one of his pals writes a scathing expose in a high profile, glossy magazine of Howard using interviews given by members of the old gang and others.
Meanwhile, Howard’s agent and close friend begins to lose confidence—not to mention his main source of commissions—in him and wavers in his loyalty. The old gang was never as tight as they would like to remember and the reunion opens wounds incurred by old girlfriends, gambling debts, petty crimes and grand larceny, and enough secrets to fill a book.
As a two-time Oscar nominee, Emmy winner, and even a Tony nomination, Howard’s time in the spotlight had been sustained and well-deserved. His runs with women, alcohol, and dice have also earned him the notorious reputation as the Brooklyn tough-guy in Hollywood. A kid from Brooklyn with no education and no positive role-models, Howard’s fame, fortune, and grandiosity earned him a reputation throughout the entertainment industry as big-spender with a gritty personality, but also as an appealing and straightforward celebrity.
Howard found success once he left Brooklyn, but at a cost that he may regret: leaving so quickly and cutting those ties for almost 50 years had enabled trivial resentments to turn into lifelong grudges.
Back(stabbed) In Brooklyn is written through the multiple perspectives of the old gang, Howard’s agent, and the expose writer. Meet the old gang and see for yourself who comes out on top in the end. It is roughly 70,000 words.