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CHARLIE WALDO NOVEL, A 1
Last Looks
A Novel
By (author): Howard Michael Gould
9781524742508 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Crime Jul 16, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.28 x 8.01 x 0.82 in | 0.58 lb 336 pages Dutton
A razor-sharp, exquisitely paced, madly fun debut thriller that gleefully lampoons Hollywood culture and introduces the highly eccentric yet brilliant ex-detective gone rogue: Charlie Waldo

There are run-of-the-mill eccentric Californians, and then there’s former detective Charlie Waldo.

Waldo, a onetime LAPD superstar, now lives in solitude deep in the woods, pathologically committed to owning no more than one hundred possessions. He has left behind his career and his girlfriend, Lorena, to pay self-imposed penance for an awful misstep on a pivotal murder case. But the old ghosts are about to come roaring back.

There are plenty of difficult actors in Hollywood, and then there’s Alastair Pinch.

Alastair is a onetime Royal Shakespeare Company thespian who now slums it as the “wise” Southern judge on a tacky network show. He’s absurdly rich, often belligerent, and typically drunk—a damning combination when Alastair’s wife is found dead on their living room floor and he can’t remember what happened.

Waldo’s old flame Lorena, hiding peril of her own, draws him toward the case, and Alastair’s greedy network convinces Waldo to take it on. But after such a long time away from both civilization and sleuthing—and plagued by a confounding array of assailants who want him gone—Waldo must navigate complicated webs of ego and deceit to clear Alastair’s name…or confirm his guilt.

Story Locale: Los Angeles, CA

Series Overview: Ex-LAPD superstar Charlie Waldo reluctantly returns to investigative work as a P.I. after years of eco-conscious solitude, and encounters absurd figures and dangerous underworlds across Los Angeles and Orange

County.

POTENTIAL FILM ADAPTATION: Last Looks was adapted from a screenplay, which is currently being developed for the big screen, with some big Hollywood names attached.

WELL-CONNECTED AUTHOR: Howard Michael Gould’s background in television has helped him to get acquainted with some Hollywood personalities who could help publicize his debut novel.

COLORFUL, COMPELLING LEAD: Charlie Waldo, the eccentric, sardonic star of Last Looks, anchors the novel with his extreme rejection of consumerism (manifested in the quirk of owning only one hundred things), heartbreaking past, and darkly comical dialogue.

PRAISE: Gould’s debut has garnered strong early reviews, including a starred Kirkus, and excellent blurbs from big names in the mystery/thriller community, including Coben, Hurwitz, Petrie, Gardiner, and Krueger.

Howard Michael Gould began his career on Madison Avenue before moving to Los Angeles, where he has worked as a screenwriter and playwright as well as an executive producer and head writer on a number of network comedies. Last Looks is his first novel.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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Praise for Last Looks:

“A wild, madcap homage to and satire of the Hollywood noir thriller. Gould, an accomplished screenwriter and showrunner, knows how to keep it fast, smart, and funny.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“The plot is good and the protagonist is even better. It’s fast, funny, and well worth a sequel.”—Kirkus (starred review)

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