Hello to a new day. Don’t worry, you won’t be getting these posts in the mail everyday. This is only my second, and I’m still working on getting the format and the mechanics of posting blog entries right. Today, I’ve decided to tell you a little about one of my earlier novels. One of my earliest was Pink Carnation. I originally wrote the novel in 2001 and 2002, and it was published by Publish America in 2003. The story is based on a real death of the scion of Orange County California’s most prominent family. The death was ruled a suicide, but has been questioned over the years because the man shot himself twice in the abdomen with a shotgun and once in the head with a pistol. Both the press and the family raised questions as to whether it was a suicide or murder.
My story occurs in the early 2000’s, forty some years after the death, when a film is being made about two other deaths that occurred right after the one in question. While making the film, the two actors portraying the teenage girl and boy who were shot to death are themselves both killed. The boy’s sister, a student at a local college asks her professor and counselor, Phineas Routledge III, Ph.D. to investigate her brother’s death.
What follows is a circuitous search for clues, which ends up putting both Phineas and his student in danger, as well as leading to several more murders.
In Pink Carnation I was trying to emulate the writing of Raymond Chandler, whose hard-boiled, wise-cracking detective, Phillip Marlowe (played by Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Elliot Gould, James Caan, James Garner and several others in movies of Chandler’s novels), is one of my very favorite characters and whose writing style is one I would love to be able to copy. To make a psychologist-university professor act like a hard-boiled private eye was quite a job and I’m not sure how well I pulled it off, but I liked the final product.
Just this year I’ve reissued Pink Carnation as a self-published novel, since my contract with Publish America ran out some time ago. It took me a lot of effort and ingenuity to retrieve a copy of the original manuscript. If you want to see how well I did and enjoy a true mystery, you can find Pink Carnation on Amazon as both a paperback and a Kindle book. Go to the web address under the picture below