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Dead and Not So Buried

Dead and Not So Buried

Hollywood is rocked when someone breaks into the crypt of a 60's movie star and kidnaps her corpse. Dubbed the Gravesnatcher by the press, the madman then holds tinsel town hostage as he uses extortion, blackmail and murder to extract his own brand of revenge.

And caught in the middle is quick-witted PI Gideon Kincaid, an ex-cop with a troubled past who is led on a harrowing roller coaster ride through the sun- and sin-drenched Hollywood landscape.

But Gideon's not alone. There's the tough as nails cop assigned to the case. Unfortunately, she's Gideon's ex-wife and hates him. And there's the beautiful starlet who Gideon has to protect. Any red-blooded detective would want to sleep with her; unfortunately for Gideon, he already has. And it didn't go so well. In fact, she's terrified of him. And there's his assistant, the adorable Hillary. She wants to be a PI like her boss. She's also got a huge crush on him. And that never works out well. In fact, it could kill her.

As the Gravesnatcher works his way through his own personal enemies list, Gideon is in a race against time to stop him. Can he put a stop to this crime spree before Gideon himself ends up dead and very buried?

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Coffeetown Press, Paperback, February 2012, ISBN-13: 9781603818667


"Screenwriter Conway hits the ground running with this entertaining, debut Hollywood potboiler with a likable PI and tongue-in-cheek humor. It's a clever mystery with one more satisfying twist at the very end. Great fun."
   —Library Journal

"His characters breathe on the page and are enlivened with emotions and desires that are nearly palpable. Add frequent plot twists that are capped by a satisfying ending, and you have a mystery novel of the hardboiled school that is sure to keep even the most ardent reader guessing."
   —New York Journal of Books

"A fast paced thriller mystery... An unusual plot that sprawls all throughout Hollywood, Dead and Not So Buried is an excellent pick for community library suspense and thriller collections."
   —Midwest Book Review

"This mystery has all the markings of a bestseller. James L. Conway proves with his first novel that he knows how to write a great mystery with a likable lead character that leaves his readers wanting a sequel or maybe a series."
   —Suspense Magazine

"A page-turning tour de force that combines mystery, murder and mayhem with razor-sharp humor. Conway's ingenious plot with its show business milieu has more twists and turns than a bent corkscrew. His shocking denouement will leave you begging for a sequel."
   —E. Duke Vincent, author of Mafia Summer and The Camelot Conspiracy

"Conway is to the ego-crazy world of Hollywood what Carl Hiaasen is to Florida's whacky underbelly. The exploits of Gideon Kincaid explode into an action-packed page-turner that is nothing short of hilarious."
   —Rick Berman (writer and executive producer of Star Trek: Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise)

"Conway knows his genre and he knows Hollywood. A fast, breezy caper that will keep you guessing and laughing."
   —Mark Frost, author of The List of Seven and The Second Objective

"James L. Conway has fashioned a page-turning, surprising, and very funny thriller and he's created a gloriously messed-up hero, P.I. Gideon Kincaid. I look forward to encountering a lot more of Kincaid in the pages of Conway's future novels."
   —Stephen Collins, actor and author of Eye Contact