"Too Close to Home"

by Alan Swyer

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"Too Close to Home" by Alan Swyer

A police detective with a success rate second to none, but also a record of boozing and playing by his own rules, finds himself in the toughest case of his life when he's accused of initiating a gunfight at a crowded club in downtown L.A.'s warehouse district.

Suspended, Detective Mike Verlaine is sent to a rehab spot in Palm Springs – a stint he's unwilling to put up with.

Adrift in San Pedro, struggling to stay dry, Verlaine is rapidly going stir crazy when he's persuaded to help find a missing teenage girl.

But past and present begin to converge quickly and uncomfortably when people from different times and places in Verlaine's life – including his estranged son... an ex-girlfriend... an old nemesis... and the cops who framed him – prove to be caught up in a conspiracy ranging all the way from crime-ridden East Los Angeles to the swank enclaves of Malibu.

In no time a full-fledged mission of self-redemption is under way as Verlaine fights through corruption in realms high and low, facing off against the porn industry, the Mexican Mafia, the super-rich, and even City Hall.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014562140
Publisher: Polimedia Publishing
Publication date: 04/20/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 159 KB

About the Author

A man of many interests, Alan Swyer has written for film and television, as well journalism, criticism, and travel guides. Among his screen credits are HBO's award-winning “Rebound,” starring Don Cheadle, Forrest Whitaker, and James Earl Jones; “The Buddy Holly Story;” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” He is a frequent contributor to Britain's “Blues & Rhythm,” was a columnist for a Los Angeles paper called “The Front Page,” and served as film critic for “The Hollywood Reporter.”

Also an acclaimed director, he has garnered prizes for documentaries including “Spiritual Revolution,” “Beisbol,” and “Diabetes: Challenges & Breakthroughs,” and has made commercials, music videos, and the thriller “Time Of Fear.”

In the realm of music, Mr. Swyer has produced albums including a Ray Charles collection of love songs, and has written liner notes for CDs ranging from “The Best Of Big Joe Turner” to “The Fiftieth Anniversary of Doo-Wop” and “Ray Charles & Betty Carter.”

Mr. Swyer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Advanced Journalism at North Carolina A&T University, and has taught at the American Film Institute, the University of Southern California, Pepperdine, and Chapman University. Internationally, he has given seminars on writing and directing in France and Singapore.

In conjunction with the LA County Probation Department and the Juvenile Judiciary, he created the Los Angeles County Teen Court, which has had remarkable success as an “intervention” with first-time juvenile offenders. In addition, he is a Board Member of the Compton Baseball Academy, whose purpose is to get at-risk youth off the streets and onto the playing field.

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