The Immaculate Deception: A Tom Sullivan Mystery

The Immaculate Deception: A Tom Sullivan Mystery

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by William James Royce
     
 

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"A Chandleresque noir detective tale featuring an ex-cop turned private eye, set among the gritty motels and palatial estates of Los Angeles. Sullivan is depicted as a first-person narrator in the Philip Marlowe mold-a smart-mouthed shamus, a gumshoe who's seen it all. Like Marlowe, he's at heart a decent, moral man in a world where such people are rare. At book's end…  See more details below

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"A Chandleresque noir detective tale featuring an ex-cop turned private eye, set among the gritty motels and palatial estates of Los Angeles. Sullivan is depicted as a first-person narrator in the Philip Marlowe mold-a smart-mouthed shamus, a gumshoe who's seen it all. Like Marlowe, he's at heart a decent, moral man in a world where such people are rare. At book's end, readers may wonder about Sullivan's fate, but they can take heart in the book's subtitle: A Tom Sullivan Mystery. Sully's not going anywhere anytime soon." ~ Kirkus Reviews

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In the classic tradition Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett comes a new voice in American Noir. With the Tom Sullivan Mysteries, author William James Royce adds an off-beat, charismatic new detective to the mystery genre and a contemporary slant on the age old tale of greed and murder.

The story begins in a confessional booth as private detective Tom "Sully" Sullivan makes his confession. Quickly losing blood from a bullet in his side, Sully tells his story, confessing to the murder he has just committed and revealing the identity of the person who may have murdered him...

Sully is hired by Sam Collier, a rich and powerful man, to find the young surrogate mother carrying the heir to his vast fortune. He follows the twists and turns, ultimately exposing a complex case of "embryo-napping."

The Immaculate Deception is a tale of life and death and all things in between.

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A Chandler-esque noir detective tale featuring an ex-cop turned private eye, set among the gritty motels and palatial estates of Los Angeles. As Royce's debut mystery begins, private investigator Tom "Sully" Sullivan is in a confessional seeking an absolution he doesn't believe in. He's bleeding after having taken a .38-caliber slug in his side. The remainder of the novel serves as a flashback to recount how he got in such a predicament. It starts when Virginia Collier, the wife of the immensely wealthy Sam Collier, hires Sullivan to track down her wayward daughter, Alicia. On the way to finding Alicia (and her boyfriend, Angel Romero), Sully stumbles upon a crime scene: the naked body of another young woman, found face down in a creek in the foothills. Sullivan finds out later that the dead woman was pregnant. As it turns out, Alicia Collier is pregnant as well. The mystery leads Sully to visit an OB-GYN clinic, where he begins a dalliance with its receptionist, Jenna Taylor. He also consults LAPD Lt. Wendy Slenzak, an old flame, and old friend Lt. Lou Cabresi, to get just enough information to do his own investigating. At the novel's conclusion, readers finally discover who shot Sully and whom he shot in return. Sullivan is depicted as a first-person narrator in the Philip Marlowe mold--a smart-mouthed shamus, a gumshoe who's seen it all. Like Marlowe, he's at heart a decent, moral man in a world where such people are rare. Royce's appropriately terse prose gets the job done, and the framing device of Sullivan in the confessional is clever, if somewhat surreal and unsettling. At book's end, readers may wonder about Sullivan's fate, but they can take heart in the book's subtitle: A Tom Sullivan Mystery. Sully's not going anywhere anytime soon. An enjoyable first outing that wraps an intriguing idea in a well-paced plot.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468156300
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Author William James Royce has enjoyed a successful career writing for both stage and screen. His first play as Writer/Director was the critically acclaimed romantic comedy, A Fine Romance. Royce served as Executive Story Editor for the hit NBC television series In the Heat of the Night starring Carroll O'Connor. His credits include Diagnosis: Murder starring Dick Van Dyke, Columbo starring Peter Falk and Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury.

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