“Classic Hollywood noir, complete with racetracks, drunks, has-been movie stars, and murder. I absolutely devoured this book, and still can’t believe it’s a debut novel…I’ll be waiting for whatever he writes next!” —Steve Hamilton, New York Times bestselling and two-time Edgar Award–winning author
Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Lights. Camera. Murder!
Bottom Feeders by John Shepphird
A page-turning whodunit set in the wilds of a remote movie ranch, Bottom Feeders describes the hapless Hollywood cast and crew that eke out a living working on low-budget fare.
Their ambitious TV movie needs to be made fast and cheap, but a brutal murder grinds production to a halt. An approaching forest fire forces everyone to evacuate. In the confusion not everyone gets out. Eddie is the alcoholic director, Sheila the vulnerable camera assistant, Tom the self-centered actor, and Sondra the spurned sheriff’s deputy. Who will survive?
Death comes sudden and silent. The camouflaged killer’s weapon-of-choice is a high-tech hunting bow capable of firing razor-sharp arrows four hundred feet per second. The mysterious assassin has an agenda. Those left behind must find out what it is and who is behind this bloody slaughter in the fight for their lives.
“A thrill-ride. Blood, sweat, and fears among Hollywood’s low-budget ne’er-do-wells. This is the real deal.” —Fred Olen Ray, director of over 150 titles, including Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
“From years of experience fighting in the trenches of low-budget films, Shepphird has crafted a pulse-pounding thriller of page-turning fun.” —Andrew W. Marlowe, creator and executive producer of ABC’s Castle
“Reader Pinchot adds depth to the large cast of characters in Shepphird’s suspenseful thriller…Screenwriter-director Shepphird enhances his nonstop chiller with authentic behind-the-camera activity, while Pinchot works his vocal magic on the author’s gallery of colorful characters.” —Publishers Weekly (audio review)
“A fast-paced, fun read that explores a part of the movie business that often gets overlooked…The pages move quickly, the story adheres to a classic whodunit formula, and from ‘Action!’ to ‘Cut!’ it’s a pleasure to read.” —Mystery Scene
John Shepphird is a Shamus Award–winning author and writer/director of TV movies.