I didn't know it yet, but this was the beginning of “The LeftHanded Policeman.” The villain of my story was slowly growing in my mind: Lawrence Ferguson, a nebbishy guy, not someone you'd notice in a crowd, an invisible man who ...
Author: Robert Westbrook
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Robert Westbrook Author of the Howard Moon Deer Mysteries "The battle of wits and nerves that unfolds in this expertly paced novel as Nicky struggles to snare the serial killer, keep his job, and juggle an increasingly complex love life make for compelling reading . . . In Nicky Rachmaninoff [Robert Westbrook has] created one of the most engaging new detective heroes since Joseph Wambaugh got philosophical. About the only thing that cushions the disappointment of coming to the end of this page-turner is the knowledge that there's a sequel in the works." —Wall Street Journal Murder in Beverly Hills A killer is on the loose in Beverly Hills. Late at night, as moguls, starlets, actors, and rock stars head home after a night on the town, a Corvette pulls up beside a Rolls-Royce at a traffic light. A gun goes off—and another of Hollywood's elite lies dead. Beverly Hills cowers in terror. It's up to Police Lt. Nicky Rachmaninoff—reluctant cop, ex-hippie, divorced father, and the meanest left-handed jazz pianist in all L.A.—to trap the murderer before he dispatches all of Southern California's rich and famous. It's an assignment Nicky is reluctant to take on: He'd rather play the piano, worry about his love life, or gaze at the stars above his Hollywood Hills bungalow than search out a serial killer. Nicky's ex-wife, the beautiful blond star of TV's "Cassie and the Cop," suddenly wants Nicky back. But Nicky finds himself caught up with the lovely and well-heeled widow of one of the murder victims—even as he thinks he really does love his ex-wife. But someone else loves "Cassie," too. His name is Lawrence Ferguson and he is a nobody. After being diagnosed as terminally ill, Lawrence quits his job, withdraws his life savings, moves to the Beverly Hills Hotel . . . and buys himself a Corvette. And Lawrence has decided to exercise his final fantasy on the woman whose television image he has long worshiped. Can Nicky stop him in time? The Left-Handed Policeman is a gripping novel of life—and death—among the big names and the nameless of Beverly Hills. Novelist Robert Westbrook—himself the son of a famous Hollywood personality—explores the boulevards and back alleys, the myths and realities, of the greatest, most deadly dream factory of all: Hollywood.