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

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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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The Immaculate Deception: A Tom Sullivan Mystery 5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 16 reviews.
C_Woolridge More than 1 year ago
I bought this book not knowing what to expect. I did not know this writer, but it sounded interesting. I'm not a big mystery buff, but I really enjoyed this book. It's much more than a murder mystery about a mysterious girl pulled out of the river. From that, you'd never guess how funny this book is, or all the romance, and the introspection about the meaning of life and the hereafter. SPOILER ALERT: Can you really kill off your detective in the first book of a series? The NOOK version includes the first chapter of the next book. This question is brilliantly answered. (Or not!) Great writing, great story, great new series.
NomDeAlias More than 1 year ago
This was a terrific read and a great first book for the series. Fast paced and very entertaining. The charatcers are well-drawn and the dialogue is quite clever. (I laughed out loud in the doctor's office!) The plot is contemporary (IVF, surrogate mothers, embryo-napping) but the style is reminscent of the classics. Although, it's hard to imagine Marlowe or Spade with a cat! If you're in the mood for a smart, sexy, murder mystery with a sense of humor, I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tom Sullivan, the sarcastic, poetry-spewing, home-brew drinking, cat-loving, ex-cop-turned-private-detective is having a bad day. He has lost his faith. Not just in his religion, but in his fellow man. He has slowly become aware of the signs and the omens and is resigned to the fact that he is also about to lose his life. And, in some ways, he's almost ready to go. Sounds like every other hard-drinking, broken-down, life-weary detective who has seen too much, but he's not. He's not an action hero out to settle a score, the bodies aren't mounting, and in fact, I don't think a single shot is fired until the end. And for this reason, in the end, when the spoiler alert happens, I cared. The main or "A" story, the search for the surrogate mother, leads us to the "B" story, the discovery of another pregnant young girl. In classic structure, Sullivan discovers the connection between the two stories, but not in time. Like Jake Gittes in CHINATOWN Tom Sullivan has not tied everything up in a neat little bow. Unlike Gittes, however, he does prevent a tragic death at the end, but only by taking the life of another. What Sullivan discovers right before he is shot, is that there is a "C" story, another woman carrying the Golden Egg. As with any mystery series, it all rides on your detective. I like Tom Sullivan. I like hearing his thoughts, his opinions and his perspective on everything from religion to butt cleavage on maternity gowns. Tom Sullivan is a welcome addition to the mystery genre. 5 Stars
Weinstein More than 1 year ago
Private detective Tom Sullivan is in a race against the clock. This time, that clock is his own death. Can he tell his story? Can he unravel this mystery and confess the murder he has just committed? This book is a homage to the classic mysteries when murders were solved by detectives and not coffeehouse owners and dog trainers. I thought it was great!
dbezty_tznfc More than 1 year ago
This was not at all what I expected. The title and the cover did not make me think it was going to be this much fun to read. Tom Sullivan is hilarious, not dry like most detectives. I love the relationship with his old lover, Lt. Slenzak and you can see by the first chapter of book #2 that she will be the main dectective in the sequel. The writer has thrown everything into this book -- and it works! Humor, romance, and the perfect crime for 2011 -- embryo-napping!
jaznbluz More than 1 year ago
Read this book this weekend. I can't think of anyone who is currently writing mysteries like this anymore. It's not a cozy and it's not hardboiled. It's compelling and entertaining and a fun read. I recommend it if you're a fan of the classics.
ProfessorEngLit More than 1 year ago
This book moves at a break-neck pace; the story is told with a sense of urgency not found in many mysteries -- even "Noir." In fact, I find Raymond Chandler to be quite slow. Yes, he's clever with his metaphors, but the stories plod along under all that cleverness. Not this one. This one was over before I knew it and long before I wanted it to end. 5 STARS for style, 5 STARS for the story, and 5 1/2 stars for Tom Sullivan, the new detective on the scene.
McGhee More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book two days ago and still thinking about it. It's more than just a murder mystery, it works on a whole nother level. The first chapter of the sequel picks up right where this one left off and I think that the first chapter (included) sets up a new franchise with a fiesty and funny female police detective that looks just as good as this first book. Anyway, for what it's worth, this is a fast and fun read.
chaz84 More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. I'm hooked! Humorous and romantic and slightly off-center. No crazed serial killers on the loose, but a real murder mystery and a fun new detective in Tom Sullivan. I will definitely be reading the next book.
KatherineMcD More than 1 year ago
A good old-fashioned murder mystery. Fast paced and highly original -- I loved this book!
N_Charles More than 1 year ago
An entertaining ride that hooks you from the beginning and never lets go. I read this book from LA to NY and had one of the fastest trips of my life!
MindyD More than 1 year ago
If you're sick of books about crazed serial killers and just want to have an enjoyable read with great characters and a fun new detective, try this book.
DaveCampbell More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I've never written one of these before but I just wanted to say this book is a rare surprise. Two thumbs way up!
ORyan More than 1 year ago
This book oozes with style and humor. I read it in two sittings and did not want it to end.
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RastaManFM More than 1 year ago
This book is great! Bring on the sequel!!