Now Available from Down & Out Books: SCREEN TEST by Jerry Kennealy
"SCREEN TEST is an exhilarating ride through the streets of late-60s' San Francisco," said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books, "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce readers to this most entertaining crime novel from such an accomplished author."
About SCREEN TEST …
In April of 1968 Steve McQueen arrives in San Francisco to film Bullitt.
Rough-and-tumble SFPD Inspector Johnny O'Rorke, aka The Fixer, is the department's Executive Protection Officer. His job is to make sure that visiting celebrities are well taken care of. O'Rorke is instructed to take special care of McQueen; the city's movers and shakers are hoping to develop San Francisco into Hollywood North.
McQueen takes a liking to O'Rorke, and when Russ Cortig, a member of his film crew, is busted at a wild Haight Ashbury party, he asks O'Rorke to try to have the charge dismissed.
Fixing Cortig's arrest sheet is a minor problem, but it leads O'Rorke into a tangled web of intrigue and corruption that includes the murder of one of his longtime informers, a crossdresser who goes by the name of Vanessa the Undresser, tangling with a Chinatown drug lord, being shot at by a sadistic Soviet hit man, going up against a wealthy former Russian Mafia leader now living in San Francisco, dealing with a vicious local gangster, Alec Zek, aka The Swine, and a chasing after a priceless blue diamond known as the Stalin Blue.
If that isn't complicated enough, O'Rorke breaks into a real sweat when McQueen asks him to make a screen test for a part in Bullitt.
Praise for SCREEN TEST:
"Steve McQueen. Bullitt. Transvestites. Murder. And the City by the Bay. Who could ask for more? Gear up for a rockin' roller coaster ride up and down San Francisco's tumultuous hills in Jerry Kennealy's entertaining, triple-fast thriller Screen Test, but make sure to wear your seatbelt." - Paul D. Marks, Shamus Award-Winning Author of White Heat
Meet the Author: Jerry Kennealy has worked as a San Francisco policeman and as a licensed private investigator in the City by the Bay. He has written twenty-two novels, including a ten-book series about private eye Nick Polo, two of which were nominated for a Shamus Awards. His books have been published in England, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and Spain. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Private Eye Writers of America. Jerry lives in San Bruno, California, with his wife and in-house editor, Shirley. He is currently working on a new Nick Polo novel.
About Down & Out Books …
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