Dead Man's Dance by Robert Ferrigno
Publisher: "E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Putnam Pub Group", 1995
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Summary: When his beloved stepfather is murdered, a Los Angeles reporter confronts lingering questions about his paternity as he trails the killers. By the author of "The Horse Latitudes. "150,000 first printing. $250,000 ad/promo. Lit Guild & Mystery Guild Feat Alt.
Scavenger Hunt: A Novel by Robert Ferrigno
Publisher: Pantheon, 2003
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Summary: Robert Ferrigno continues to surprise. In 2001's darkly mesmeric "Flinch", he not only delivered his usual trove of offbeat bad guys, but finally created a protagonist who was equally arresting: Jimmy Gage, a trouble-seeking reporter for the tabloidish "SLAP" magazine. The sequel, "Scavenger Hunt", takes Ferrigno one evolutionary step further, its tale of ambition and guilt in Southern California driven by dense, circuitous plotting, rather than the familiar emotional tension between a flawed male lead and some treacherously captivating femme fatale.
"I want you to write an article about me, about what I'm working on. I even have a title for you: 'The Most Dangerous Screenplay in Hollywood,'" says Garrett Walsh, an egotistical, Oscar-winning film director who, after spending seven years in the slammer for killing teenage actress-aspirant Heather Grimm, now tells Gage he was set up, possibly by the husband of an unnamed "good wife" with whom he'd been having an affair. Walsh plans to expose this neat frame in a movie script, and wants Gage to publicize his efforts before anyone can stop him. The reporter is dubious--until Walsh is found dead in a koi pond and his "dangerous screenplay" goes missing. Intent on learning whether the director was murdered, Gage will first have to identify the "good wife," swap body blows with an aging action star, resolve questions surrounding a too-helpful retired cop with a doughnut jones, and determine if Heather Grimm was really as innocent as she appeared. Although there are several throwaway scenes in "Scavenger Hunt" (including one in which Gage and his cop girlfriend try to nab a "lover's lane" rapist), they don't detract seriously from this often edgy, sometimes humorous yarn, composed in a style that's pleasantly less restrained than several of Ferrigno's earlier thrillers. "--J. Kingston Pierce"