Mysterious Galaxy is pleased to present authors Michael Brandman and Eva Montealegre.
Michael is the New York Times best-selling author of Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues, has helped to co-write and supervise a number of screenplays, and is an award-winning producer of motion pictures. His latest murder-mystery novel, One on One, LAPD Homicide Detective Buddy Steel is called back home to take care of his father, legendary Sheriff Burton Steel, as the older man slowly succumbs to Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Shortly after Buddy returns home, the gruesome murder of his mentor, Principal Hank Carson of the local high school, calls on his attention to discover who would do such a thing to the well-loved educator.
Eva had a unique childhood: growing up on her father’s showboat, “The River Queen,” and being dragged around the city of St. Louis by her investigative journalist mother. Body on the Backlot is the first book in the Red Carpet Noir series, as well as Eva’s first published novel. Homicide Investigator Joan Lambert thought she had seen it all during her career, until one of the bodies in the morgue gets up and walks out. A voodoo cult, a pharmaceutical company, a posh transvestite, and a dubious psychic all make Joan Lambert’s latest case one for the history books. Aside from her writing, Eva is also an accomplished painter with many of her works having been featured in galleries.
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When legendary Sheriff Burton Steel summoned his son Buddy home from LAPD Homicide, a reluctant Buddy agreed. Burton is debilitated by ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease. While Buddy is to cover his back, not an assignment he wants, the clincher is it's his last chance to connect with his proud, overbearing parent.
What Buddy didn't expect was to encounter crime in Freedom, a privileged coastal community a hundred miles north of Los Angeles, as vicious and challenging as that of the city.
One spring morning, the latest challenge erupts. The brutal murder of a prominent Freedom High School sports coach leads Buddy into a clandestine universe of sexual deception, play parties, unwitting athletes, over-privileged youths, treacherous bullies, and shocking malfeasance.
At the same time, a sudden scourge of graffiti is disfiguring both public and private property, despoiling the beauty and serenity of Freedom's unassuming landscape. Outraged, knowing he has few legal weapons to wield, Buddy is forced to find new and challenging ways to thwart the street artist, or artists, responsible. Irreverent and imaginative, not to say manipulative, Buddy is just the man for the job.
Buddy's plate is soon full and the stakes are enormous as he sets about bringing resolution to a glut of seemingly irresolute occurrences.
One on One follows Missing Persons, Buddy's first investigation in Freedom.
Detective Joan Lambert works within the fabric of the LA landscape, solving cases with a combined tapestry of plodding police work, bang-on perceptions of the human psyche and guts.
For the last five years, media madness has created fresh hell for LAPD's imminent Homicide investigator, Joan Lambert. She thinks she's seen everything until the victim in her latest case gets up and walks out of the morgue. Ten missing women, a small boy, and a fanatical voodoo cult thrust Joan into an investigation that will put her life and her career on the line. She has got to shut it all down before eleven people are sacrificed for the film and music career of a young starlet. When a connection is made to a private pharmaceutical experiment that suspends the very essence of life, creating real-life zombies, Joan avails every resource she has--black dog hairs, a posh transvestite, a psychic who offers dubious insights and the clues given to her by Hector, a dying pimp whose specialty is runaways. To make it work, Joan takes matters into her own hands, proving her grit as one of LA's elite investigators.