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CHARLIE WALDO NOVEL, A 2
Below the Line
A Charlie Waldo Novel
By (author): Howard Michael Gould
9781524744861 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Crime Aug 13, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.2 x 9.3 x 1 in | 1.08 lb 304 pages Dutton
Eccentric private eye Charlie Waldo is back in another wildly fun and fast-paced thriller lampooning Southern California.

Former LAPD detective Charlie Waldo was living in solitude deep in the woods, pathologically committed to owning no more than one hundred possessions, until his PI ex-girlfriend Lorena dragged him back into civilization to solve a high-profile Hollywood murder. Now, Lorena’s pulled him into a new case, and they have their hands full with their client, a wild and privileged L.A. teenager named Stevie Rose who tells lies as easily as she breathes.

Waldo and Lorena quickly learn that the investigation was, for Stevie, all a manipulation to scare her high school teacher, whom she claims seduced her—and when the teacher turns up dead, Waldo’s old LAPD nemesis pegs Stevie as the prime suspect. Then Stevie disappears, and her self-involved Hollywood parents turn to Waldo to find her, a task that draws Waldo down into Orange County’s dangerous and complex worlds, both opulent and seedy, where nothing is as it seems.

With treachery and deception at every turn, and with Waldo’s eco-obsessed rules for living complicating his already complicated relationship with Lorena, Waldo fends off enemies old and new as he races to find Stevie and solve the murder.

Story Locale: Los Angeles & Orange County, 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.

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 SoCal-set series.

RETURN OF A COMPELLING LEAD: Charlie Waldo, the eccentric, sardonic star of Last Looks and Below the Line, anchors the series with his extreme rejection of consumerism (manifested in the quirk of owning only one hundred things), heartbreaking past, and deadpan humor.

PRAISE: Gould’s debut has garnered strong early reviews, including a starred Kirkus, and excellent blurbs from Coben, Hurwitz, Petrie, Gardiner, and Krueger.

POTENTIAL FILM ADAPTATION: Howard’s debut novel and the first in the Charlie Waldo series, Last Looks, adapted from a screenplay, is currently being developed for the big screen, with some big Hollywood names attached.

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 of a number of network television series. Below the Line is his second novel, following the introduction of detective Charlie Waldo in Last Looks.

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)

“Gould’s experience as a film and TV writer and producer is evident in this well-written first novel that manages to focus on environmental concerns while spoofing Hollywood clichés with a nod toward classic American detective fiction. Charlie Waldo would do well on the big screen—he does very well here.”—Library Journal

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