Private Detective Carl Porter takes his first trip west from the chill of his native Boston to investigate the death of an aspiring actress.
The Golden State looks darker under the long shadow of the Hollywood sign in this SoCal mystery from the bestselling author of Humdinger.
O'Neil De Noux - "This is a story with a heart and a lead character that's right up there with the best PIs around."
|Publisher:||4 Boys Publishing|
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About the Author
J - Sam, your writing has clearly been influenced by writers like Elmore Leonard. What else influences the work?
S - I love cinematic crime like Hollywoodland and Confidence. Book-wise, I'm also a big fan of Erskine Caldwell. His characters are most often dirt poor and slaves to runaway libidos. So on some level it's still a bit like watching the traveling salesman being seduced into murder in Double Indemnity, they are all pretty well damned.
J - So it's more about people with complicated lives?
S - Sometimes it's simply making poor choices and other times the characters are social misfits. I can't pass an idling car without thinking it would be fun to take a joyride but it isn't such an inviting lark that I'd do it. Some people don't have that brake and these are the characters that interest me, people who wander out on a limb.
J - While writing I've often found characters taking unexpected turns I hadn't planned on...
S - Yes, I think of a scene I wrote recently where a character started saying the exact opposite of what I needed him to say and then another character played off of this switch and righted the ship in a manner that was completely unexpected. Those are the fun moments.
J - So you aren't interested in crime fiction in the 'Columbo' sense - a murder to be solved?
S - My next project is a traditional mystery but the principal character is a free spirit and feels like she's cut from the noir fabric so I'm excited about what's developing there.