Posts Tagged: crestfallen
Overall 2014 has been solid. It’s been another good foundation year where I’ve continued to solidify my position as a full time writer. I’m quite excited about next year. There are some good things planned for THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. I’m hoping to seal the deal on some new things. All in all, I hope it’s going to be a big year.
Categories: shelf life
Categories: shelf life
When I decided to write, I wanted to write PI novels like Raymond Chandler. There were two problems with that plan—one, I didn’t know what a Private eye did and two, Raymond Chandler is a bloody good writer. So I tended to steer clear of PI fiction, mainly for the latter reason. The problem was I wasn’t Chandler. I didn’t have his experiences or his world view. I had my own and it was more in line with Hitchcock’s movies—ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It was me in a nutshell—and I’m happy with my nutshell.
Both classes were run by a woman who was a PI in the greater Sacramento area for a couple of decades—and she was awesome. Just like Marlowe, Spade, Archer, Hammer, etc., she ran a lone wolf PI agency, but if you’re imagining a leggy redhead with cleavage to drown a football team in, then think again. In appearance, she had more in common with Miss Marple than VI Warshawski.
I took the classes for story purposes, not knowing that Julie and I would become PIs ourselves a few years later, but not in the traditional sense. We worked for an agency and started off as mystery shoppers before ending up going undercover in casinos in Nevada and California trying to unearth staff who were stealing from their employers. This work is very different from the modern PI who tends to work on the behalf of defense lawyers—read David Corbett’s books for an idea.
In CRESTFALLEN’s V.I.P., Crestfallen has to track down a stolen teddy bear for a senior citizen and he’ll have to go up against the White House to retrieve it.
In CRESTFALLEN’s GETAWAY, Crestfallen has to smuggle a mob accountant out of San Francisco.
In CRESTFALLEN’s KINK, Crestfallen is hired to find out what a housewife does in her off hours and is drawn into a dark world of alternative lifestyles.
In CRESTFALLEN’s WIDOW, Jane Staam hires Crestfallen to prove she didn’t kill her terminally ill, millionaire husband.