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Dark Side of Sunset Pointe - A Lance Underphal Mystery Kindle Edition

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Acclaim for the Lance Underphal Mysteries:
 
"An intriguing hook and a sympathetic protagonist in a world that, while seemingly depraved and dark, is clearly recognizable and believable. A well-built mystery..."  Kirkus Reviews
 
"Michael Allan Scott's thriller balances mystery and horror in equal proportions...this inventive tale deserves a high mark for intricate plotting." - Clarion Review
 
 "A brisk, intelligent thriller where the action can turn on a dime as new suspects and situations occur." - IndieReader 5 star review and a Best Book of 2014 for Flight of the Tarantula Hawk

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". . . Scott crafts an intriguing hook and a sympathetic protagonist in a world that, while seemingly depraved and dark, is clearly recognizable and believable. A well-built mystery . . ." --Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 3180 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (November 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAGZ1S0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author of the cutting edge Lance Underphal Mysteries, Michael Allan Scott was born and raised at the edge of the high desert in Kingman, Arizona. He and his wife, Cynthia, currently reside in Scottsdale with their rescue Doberman, Roxie. In addition to writing mysteries and speculative fiction, his interests include music, photography, art, scuba diving and auto racing. http://michaelallanscott.com/

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michelle G. on November 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Mystery. Intrigue. Touches of the paranormal - this book has it all. Michael Allan Scott's Dark Side of Sunset Pointe is a fast paced page-turner with twits and turns along the way.

Right from the beginning we are pulled into a double homicide - one that quickly becomes a who dunit with the suspect list growing ever longer as connections are made with each turn of the page. The main character, Lance Underphal, just want to get from one day to the next, but he quickly finds that's not so easy when visions and messages from his dead wife become reality and the bodies begin to pile up. With every vision, although unwanted, Lance realizes he may be the crucial person to solve these murders before more people are killed.

Michael Allan Scott does a great of drawing the reader in right from the get-go and keeps you turning pages to find out what's going to happen next. His use of flashbacks is a great way to add to the intrigue of the mystery and in trying to figure out who is behind the smoking gun. Scott crafts a great story with multi-dimensional characters and a plot that makes you wanting more.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kerry M on March 7, 2013
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This book has it all, murder, mystery,and intrigue that moves between the world of the privileged and the dark seedy underworld of crime and forbidden sexuality. Each of the characters is flawed in some way and the main character, Lance Underphal is an unlikely hero. His unwanted psychic skills supporting good police work. What can I say, I loved it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on January 19, 2013
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This is the first time I have read this author and I enjoyed the writing. Definitely a page turner. I am looking forward to reading more books by Michael Allan Scott.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Liz Terek on January 8, 2013
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Mike Rodriquez or `Big Mike' as he's known lives a fast paced life of excess. Sunset Pointe is a developmental deal that he & his partner, Gary Whiting, have been working on. Unfortunately, Sunset Pointe is also hemorrhaging money. Living life the way Mike does brings a lot of money, but it also brings a lot of enemies. When Mike is shot to death while entertaining his bookkeeper after hours, it comes as no surprise to anyone. Detective Frank Salmon is on the case & so finds there are enough suspects to make your head spin.
For starters, there's Mike's wife, Connie, who knows all about Mike's womanizing. Gary, the business partner, and of course, the unsavory money lenders such as Benjamin Cohen, who had insurance on Mike make the list, too. Add some conniving strippers & their muscle and things get dicey.
Called in to take crime scene photos is Lance Underphal. Unhealthy and sloppy, Lance is a freelance photographer who just happens to hear from his dead lover, Sonja, frequently. Directing him through the maze of Mike's murder, Sonja tries to help Lance put all the pieces together. With all the chaos, who killed Big Mike? Everyone looks guilty & everyone has motive. Can Lance figure it all out with a little help from the other side?
Michael Allan Scott deserves applause for keeping this cast of characters flowing as smoothly as it does. Although it is a lengthy bunch of people, each has a part to play that is great for the story. Usually anything paranormal is a turnoff for me, but I have to say, I got into this novel & truly enjoyed it.
By the time I got to the end, I wasn't sure whether or not to feel bad for Mike being murdered or for the murderer themselves. That makes a great story! I would love to hear more from Michael Allan Scott & his unlikely hero, Lance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Billi Tiner on January 19, 2013
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Dark Side of Sunset Point is a suspense thriller with some paranormal elements. The lead character, Lance Underphal, is not your typical leading man. He's a middle-aged, overweight, slob who is being visited by images of violence and the voice of his dead wife. The story has plenty of action and plot twists to keep the reader interested. Author Michael Allen Scott does an excellent job of setting up the scenes and drawing us into the images that flash through Underphal's mind. The story is well thought out and the mystery is intriguing. However, there are several instances throughout the book where the story jumps from past events to present events without any warning. I think these transitions could have been smoother and would have allowed the story to flow better. Overall, I recommend it as an entertaining thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystal R. on December 29, 2012
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The book starts of with action (which I love). At the beginning the murder takes place and things completely spiral out of control. There are so many suspects it's hard to pinpoint the actual killer I was completely confused. The author does a terrific job at painting the picture so vividly that there were no details that were left out. I felt like I could visually walk through this story. I connected with the character Lance and felt his frustration as he struggles with his psychic ability and the fact that he might just be crazy. It was bad enough to deal with the lose of his love one but to hear her, converse with her knowing she was dead is a whole other thing.

"The real tragedy is that you're still here left behind to face what's left of you life without them. Times like these, I long for the promise of peace that death offers".

While Lance is coping with the issues he is having about his wife, he also has to deal with the spirits of the victims past, present and future. All the emotions bouncing from one place to the other, it was hard not to get drawn to this character.

The author begins to introduce other key players and you begin to feel compelled to be attached to them as well. Everyone had a story that painted him or her as the real victims and it was hard to tell if they were faking it or if it was real. During the story you also get a glimpse into the past of the victim in the first murder so that you could connect to his character and understand the decisions that were made that lead up to his demise. Everyone had an angle even the victims.

As the story begins to come to a close I am at the edge of my bed because I thought I figured it out, I just knew whom the killer was... nope I did not know.
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