Detour to Murder

Detour to Murder

by Jeff Sherratt



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982788011
Publisher: ZOVA Books
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Jeff Sherratt is the author of the acclaimed Jimmy O'Brien mystery series. His newest book, DETOUR TO MURDER (2010), is published by ZOVA Books and is the first in the Jimmy O'Brien film noir mystery series. Jimmy O'Brien's latest exploits are chronicled in EXPECTATION TO MURDER (2010), an exclusive e-book released on July 5, 2010. Soon after its release, his first novel, THE BRIMSTONE MURDERS (2008) became the bestselling book of all time For Echelon Press. The second, GUILTY OR ELSE (2009) was nominated for the Left Coast Crime Panik Award. Jeff has written nonfiction articles for corporate newsletters and his short stores have been published in H2O Magazine and the anthology, THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT. He is a past board member of Sisters in Crime/LA, and currently a member of Mystery Writers of America. Jeff has been a speaker at many book events including libraries, various California prisons, and he was the guest speaker at the prestigious Southern California Writers Conference. He is currently working on his fourth Jimmy O'Brien novel, CYANIDE PERFUME. Jeff lives in Newport Beach, California with his wife, Judy.

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Detour to Murder 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MollyBGood More than 1 year ago
This book is a perfect read for anyone who loves mystery, history, politics, film noir, Hollywood mystique, California culture, the 1940s, the 1970s, strong characters, intrigue, or just plain good storytelling. This standalone novel is the first in his new film noir series, but fans will recognize the central character from previous Jimmy O'Brien novels. Hands-down, the must-read book of the season!
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JenniferLee54 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book. The year is 2011. It was interesting to read about the technology that they thought was incredible during the years the book was suppose to take place in. There were still phone booths. Pagers and speaker phone boxes were new. Wow. The story was credible, the author wrote it well.
Tee-Bird More than 1 year ago
If you like noir mystery, or if you don't know if you like noir mystery, you must read Detour to Murder, by Jeff Sherratt. Heck, if you just like mysteries, read this book. The book picks up where the movie Detour, a film noir classic, leaves off. In the movie, a man named Al Roberts follows the woman he loves to Hollywood after she jilts him to seek a movie career. Two people die along the way, and Roberts is ultimately arrested for murder. When the novel begins, Roberts has been incarcerated for thirty years and is up for parole. Attorney Jimmy O'Brien is appointed to represent Roberts at his parole hearing. It should be easy, right? The inmate just has to say how sorry he is and the board will consider parole. Of course, they could deny it, but Jimmy's job would be done either way. And how hard can it be to say you're sorry when you confessed to the murder thirty years prior? But now Roberts is denying it all. And O'Brien's job just got a lot more complicated. The story takes you through the tangled lives of Hollywood stars and politicians, while more bodies pile up and even O'Brien's life is at risk. It would help if Jimmy O'Brien knew when to keep his mouth shut, but then he wouldn't be Jimmy. My favorite thing about Detour to Murder is the trip into old Hollywood from the 40's through the 70's. It puts you right in the mix of it all, with all its glamour and deceit. In addition, the characters are interesting, the plot is fun, and the twists keep cropping up. And even if you do figure out "whodunit," I bet you won't know why until the very end.
AnthonyReadsTooMuch More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a couple of book series to fill my eReader library and this book popped up. As a huge lover of film noir, I loved the cover instantly...and the rest of the book didn't disappoint! It's a clever take on the classic noir genre, and as soon as I read it I had to go out and find the movie. It's like a book that keeps on giving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Expectation of Murder was my first taste of Jeff Sherratt's character, and when I heard that Jimmy O'Brien was back, I clamored for Detour to Murder. The connection to the classic noir film, Detour, was ingenious and added to the whole enjoyment of this read. I can't wait for the next one.
danielpwnz More than 1 year ago
Love the way it blends the awesome feel of film noir with a mystery novel. Jeff is a great writer and really knows to how to drive up suspense.
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