Simon Wood

A New Book & A New Year

I’m happy to announce the release of a new title: LOWLIFES.

LOWLIFES centers on Larry Hayes, a San Francisco Detective. He thinks his life has already hit rock bottom. He’s lost his family to divorce and he’s clinging to his career by a thread. All this stems from a painkiller addiction he can’t kick that he picked up from an on-the-job injury. But there’s another level for Hayes to fall as he finds out when he wakes up in an alley after a bad trip with no memory of the last four hours. He thinks this is the wakeup call he needs to turn his life around, his problems intensify when he receives a call from a homicide inspector. Hayes’ informant, a homeless man named Noble Jon, lies dead two blocks away, beaten and stabbed. The eerie pang of guilt seeps into Hayes. During his lost four hours, he’s been in a fight. His knuckles are bruised and there’s blood under his fingernails. Is he Jon’s killer? The mounting evidence says so. To add insult to injury, his wife has employed a PI to dig up dirt on him to ensure she gets sole custody of their daughter. Hayes mounts an off-the-books investigation and disappears amongst the city’s homeless community to stay one step ahead of a murder charge.

LOWLIFES is a collaboration between filmmaker, Robert Pratten, and me. LOWLIFES isn’t just a book, it’s also short movie and a blog telling a different facet of the story from different character points of view using various media. The book tells the story from point of view of the protagonist, a San Francisco Police Inspector. The short film gives the viewpoint of a PI investigating the cop. The fictional blog catalogs the thoughts and feelings of the cop’s estranged wife. You don’t have to read/watch all three to understand the story. You can quite simply read the book and not watch the movie and it’ll all make senseā€”and vice versa.

“Simon Wood, juggling all the media balls here, has created a terrific pulp-fiction piece that reminds us just how easy it is to fall off life’s tightrope.” — SJ Rozan, Edgar Award-winning author

LOWLIFES will play out as a serial. Every day for the next two weeks either a new chapter, movie episode or blog entry will play on the LOWLIFES website. Go to http://www.lowlifes.tv and sign up to receive downloads and reminders.

Thanks and I hope you’ll enjoy the story in all its guises.

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