Hollywood is rocked after a madman kidnaps the remains of one of the most idolized movie stars of the ’60s, then uses extortion, blackmail and murder to extract his revenge. Caught in the middle is PI Gideon Kincaid, an ex-cop with a troubled past who is led on a harrowing roller coaster ride through sun and sin drenched Hollywood. While Gideon labors to find out who snatched the dead beauty, he must also contend with some live ones. First there’s the tough-as-nails cop assigned to his case—his ex-wife, who hates him. Then there’s a starlet he must protect. Unfortunately they have a history, and he terrifies her. Finally there’s his assistant, the adorable Hillary. Her crush on him might prove fatal. As the body count mounts and the madman’s crimes grow ever more audacious, Gideon finds himself in a desperate race against time. Can he put a stop to this crime spree before Gideon himself ends up dead and very buried?
“A fabulous read! If you loved L.A. Confidential or are a fan of Hammet, Chandler and Spillane, you are going to love this thriller—a page-turning tour de force that combines mystery, murder and mayhem with razor sharp humor. Conway’s ingenious plot with its show business milieu has more twists and turns than a bent corkscrew and his shocking dénouement will leave you begging for a sequel."
---- E. Duke Vincent, author of Mafia Summer, The Camelot Conspiracy
"This mystery has all the markings of a bestseller. James L. Conway proves with his first novel that he knows how to write a great mystery with a likeable lead character that leaves his readers wanting a sequel or maybe a series following the antics of Gideon Kincaid."
--Jodi Hanson for Suspense Magazine
"Screenwriter Conway hits the ground running with this entertaining, debut Hollywood potboiler with a likable PI and tongue-in-cheek humor. It's a clever mystery with one more satisfying twist at the very end. Great fun."
-- Library Journal
"His characters breathe on the page and are enlivened with emotions and desires that are nearly palpable. Add frequent plot twists that are capped by a satisfying ending, and you have a mystery novel of the hardboiled school that is sure to keep even the most ardent reader guessing."
--New York Journal of Books
"A fast paced thriller mystery… An unusual plot that sprawls all throughout Hollywood, Dead and Not So Buried is an excellent pick for community library suspense and thriller collections."
--Midwest Book Review
"This mystery has all the markings of a bestseller. James L. Conway proves with his first novel that he knows how to write a great mystery with a likeable lead character that leaves his readers wanting a sequel or maybe a series."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James L. Conway has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Los Angeles as a writer, producer, director and studio executive. Recent directing credits include Switched at Birth, the new 90210, Smallville, Supernatural, Psych and Charmed. Over the past thirty years, he has directed a wide range of episodic shows, including the pilot for Star Trek: Enterprise. Besides many movies-of-the-week, he has directed two feature films, the cult favorite The Boogens and Hangar 18. James’s writing and producing credits include four seasons as the Co-Executive Producer of Charmed. While serving as writer and Supervising Producer on the CBS Western Paradise, he won the Western Writers of America SPUR AWARD for Best Television Screenplay. James also wrote and produced the cop show Hollywood Beat and the detective series Matt Houston. For six years James served as Executive Vice President of Spelling Television, where he worked on over twenty TV series, including such hits as 90210, Melrose Place and 7th Heaven. James lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters. Dead and Not So Buried is his first novel.