3 A.M. SHOWCASE
reviewed by Skye Wentworth
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Meet Lou Parker, a divorced, beer drinking, ex-cop, who comes out of retirement to wreak vengeance on the person responsible for his son's death. His son, who had followed in his father's footsteps and joined the New York Police Department, leaves behind a legacy of Swiss bank accounts, kilos of drugs, and worse -- he's being labeled a "dirty" cop.
Sounds like a good crime mystery? There's more. Hot on the trail, Lou reluctantly falls in love with his dead son's girlfriend and their volatile relationship threatens not only to hamper the case, but their own deadly battle for survival as well. This fast-paced crime novel has enough twists and turns, beer-guzzling wit, and sizzling romance to keep you sitting on the edge of your seat -- with your eyes glued to every page.
No stranger to the printed word, James Schmerer, a writer-producer-story consultant, has produced three prime-time television series and has been the executive story consultant on six others. Mr. Schmerer has written over 200 prime-time episodes (from The High Chaparral to MacGyver), soaps, animation and features. He teaches screenwriting at UCLA and gives screenwriting seminars around the country.
Twisted Shadows is James Schmerer's first novel. It was written when he decided to see if he could write in another discipline, further pushing his writing skills. The author chose an arena that he was most familiar with, that of the detective mystery genre, which has been the prime arena of his previous writing. He also wanted to weave a romantic relationship into the story and the issue of combining a love story, albeit a May-December one, with a murder mystery came together perfectly and is the basis for this first novel.
Click here for the interview with Twisted Shadows' author, JAMES SCHMERER