Pub Date 24 Apr 2018
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A page-turning whodunit set in the wilds of a remote movie ranch, Bottom Feeders describes the hapless Hollywood cast and crew that eke out a living working on low-budget fare.
Their ambitious TV movie needs to be made fast and cheap, but a brutal murder grinds production to a halt. An approaching forest fire forces everyone to evacuate. In the confusion not everyone gets out. Eddie is the alcoholic director, Sheila the vulnerable camera assistant, Tom the self-centered actor, and Sondra the spurned sheriff’s deputy. Who will survive?
Death comes sudden and silent. The camouflaged killer’s weapon-of-choice is a high-tech hunting bow capable of firing razor-sharp arrows four hundred feet per second. The mysterious assassin has an agenda. Those left behind must find out what it is and who is behind this bloody slaughter in the fight for their lives.
A Note From the Publisher
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BOTTOM FEEDERS
“Classic Hollywood noir, complete with racetracks, drunks, has-been movie stars, and murder. I absolutely devoured this book, and still can’t believe it’s a debut novel…I’ll be waiting for whatever he writes next!”
—Steve Hamilton, New York Times bestselling and two-time Edgar Award–winning author
“A thrill-ride. Blood, sweat, and fears among Hollywood’s low-budget ne’er-do-wells. This is the real deal.”
—Fred Olen Ray, director of over 150 titles, including Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
“From years of experience fighting in the trenches of low-budget films, Shepphird has crafted a pulse-pounding thriller of page-turning fun.”
—Andrew W. Marlowe, creator and executive producer of ABC’s Castle
“A crackling good yarn about the inner workings and intrigues behind the scenes of a Hollywood low-budget movie…Shepphird knows the terrain and gives the reader a deliciously voyeuristic view of the Hollywood dream factory at work. A great read!”
—Clive Rosengren, author of Red Desert