It was a common joke in Palos Verdes that when God needed money he borrowed it from Justin Wright. But for the corporate tycoon, money and the power that came with it were never enough. He was a collector. Of things and people. Nothing in his empire was more precious than his considerably-younger and stunningly beautiful wife, Judy. And nothing had ever threatened that empire…until the morning he found Judy in the foyer of their three-story mansion brutally murdered.
Sawyer Black is a retired LAPD homicide detective who now writes crime novels, several of which have been made into feature films. He leads an idyllic life in Palos Verdes, eating at the best restaurants, drinking expensive wines, and attending the best seaside parties. Most evenings he sips brandy while petting his koi fish and watching the sun melt orange, yellow and red into the Pacific. But his life, not unlike the lives of the characters in his novels, is not always what it seems. His marriage is in trouble, he’s drinking too much…and his friend’s wife has just been murdered.
When Justin Wright becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s murder and his life and freedom hang in the balance, he turns to Sawyer for help.
But Sawyer is not sure he can save his friend…until he saves himself.
About the Author
Stephen has written and directed feature films, including “Street Crimes” (starring Dennis Farina) and “Final Impact,” and has written screenplays for others, including “Magic Kid.”
In 2011 he published the first novel with its own embedded soundtrack: Cathedral of the Senses. The songs on the album (Cathedral of the Senses), were written by Stephen and recorded mainly by musicians and singers living in Sedona. All the songs are available for download via iTunes, Amazon, and other popular music download sites.
In July of 2012 Stephen re-released Trick of the Light, which is the prequel to Cathedral of the Senses. In 1989 he recorded an album (in support of the Trick of the Light novel) on which several well-known musicians, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Garth Hudson (the keyboard player for The Band), played on various tracks. The new edition of Trick of the Light was released in softcover and eBook formats, plus an enhanced multimedia version for the iPad. The enhanced edition contains portions of the songs embedded at appropriate points in the novel. The songs are available at all popular music download sites.
The re-release of Trick of the Light coincided with the publication of this novel, I, Walt Whitman (in softcover and eBook formats, along with an enhanced multimedia version for the iPad). The iPad edition contains parts of songs written by Stephen, embedded at appropriate places in the eBook.
With the publication of Cathedral of the Senses, Trick of the Light, and I, Walt Whitman in all three formats (softcover, eBook, and enhanced multimedia format for the iPad), Stephen has the unique distinction of being a novelist with three multimedia eBooks, each containing its own embedded soundtrack.
Stephen founded and published Mystery Magazine.
Stephen is the author of the Bill of Responsibilities series and the Teen Bill of Responsibilities Course.
He is an expert in the field of digital publishing. He advises and works with writers and publishers, specializing in scanning and repurposing printed work for digital publication, converting content to eBook formats, and creating multimedia ebooks.