THE ORDER CAME STRAIGHT FROM THE TOP- ?FIND HER FAST, MAKE HER TALK AND GET RID OF THE BODY.?
Gangsters have seized control of 1947 Los Angeles spreading violence, intimidation and murder; from nightclubs and boxing matches to organizing unions in the movies. Police and politicians are on their payroll; prostitution, illegal drugs and gambling rampant.
Matt Thornton P.I. forms an unofficial gangster squad to prevent the takeover of a girlfriend?s strip club in San Pedro, another friend?s saloon in the heart of L.A. and a western movie studio in Simi Valley. He?s also hired to investigate a suspicious jewelry theft from a wealthy oil executive in Palos Verdes. All leads point to a body in the Arizona desert, a connection to Hollywood celebrities and Margo Powers, ?The Blonde with Ice-Blue Eyes?.
?The Blonde with the Ice-Blue Eyes is an engaging, tightly written mystery that could?ve come off the typewriter of Raymond Chandler... a welcomed return to those wonderful hard-boiled detective novels published during crime fiction?s golden age...?-Tony Piazza: Hollywood actor and author of Tom Logan mysteries- inc., Murder Will out, Anything Short of Murder & Bullitt Points-Steve McQueen
"Post-war L.A. shows some leg in this tough-guy tale... More grit and lust than the seedy side of Venice Beach."-Ben East: thriller author of Patchwork, Two Pumps for the Body Man
?A rip-roaring gangster vs. good, tough guy novel set in the late 1940s. A detective with all the right connections and a damsel (or six) in distress... This one?s a keeper!?-Donald Whitman: Author of Fatal Healing, Dig Deeper, Dig Wider and Isle of Deceit
Matthew Thornton... handles the trouble thrust before him-thugs, mob takeovers, blackmail schemes, and kidnappings-with a dexterity and fearlessness that is marvelous.--Vicki Salloum: Author of Candyland
?Channeling Raymond Chandler, David Thompson gets Los Angeles, its people, and the tough-guy lingo of the 1940s pitch perfect...?-Caroline Taylor: author of Loose