Saturday, October 30, 2010

New to the Mystery Shelves

Are you in the mood for a haunting tale of Hollywood noir?  Jeff Sherratt has just released Detour to Murder: a Film Noir Mystery.  The latest in his Jimmy O'Brien series is already generating a buzz.  The book has been listed on the International Thriller Writers' Picks of the Month for October. 

In 1945, the semi-nude body of a woman is found in a two-bit motel, a telephone cord wrapped around her throat.  The stolen car of a murdered motorist is parked in the motel parking lot, the owner lying broken and dead on the side of an Arizona highway.

Al Roberts confesses and has spent the last 29 years in prison.  Now, nearly three decades after meekly confessing, the aged Roberts swears his innocence.

Jimmy O'Brien, defense attorney to the dregs of the criminal world, must find our why.  Why did Roberts give a false confession?  And why has he waited 29 years to tell the truth?  O'Brien digs into the past, igniting a powder-keg that threatens to expose the long-held secrets behind Detour, the iconic Hollywood film documenting Roberts' story -- secrets that could destroy the underground aristocracy that has held power in Los Angeles, city of broken dreams, for years.

Check out the trailer for the 1945 film:

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