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

Michael Allan Scott
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dark Side of Sunset Pointe sets itself apart as a cutting-edge mystery movie in book form. Tough and gritty, it oozes  suspense with a paranormal twist.
Spanning genres, this mystery doesn't fit comfortably into any one category. It's not a true hardboiled crime novel, but it's dark and riddled with crime. Not a full-fledged paranormal mystery--no vampires, werewolves, or zombies--yet it delves into the supernatural.

The fact that the protagonist is anything but exceptional makes the guy, Lance, real. He's a down and out freelance photographer haunted by his dead wife. He finds himself plagued with psychic visions, and ends up reluctantly cooperating with a local homicide detective.

Based on real-life events with an odd cast of corrupt characters.  This twisted tale winds its way through the depraved lives of a real estate developer, an exotic dancer, and a bank loan officer as they play out themes of greed and power, culminating in murder.

New and different, the first book in the Lance Underphal Mystery series will keep you guessing . . .
R-rated, this murder mystery is not for everyone.  Take a Look Inside before you

A Paranormal Mystery - Lance Underphal was devastated by his wife's death, and now, the down-and-out freelance photographer can't let her go.  He wakes up plagued by premonitions. The double shooting of an Arizona real estate developer and his mistress/bookkeeper immerse Underphal in a world of incomprehensible phenomena and it's anything but pleasant.

The Hardboiled Detective - Frank Salmon, the homicide detective on the case, does his best to blow off Underphal's "visions." But the murders keep piling up and the visions are all-too real.

Sex and Money /Lust and Greed - The trail goes cold until a double homicide at a fast food drive-thru takes a u-turn back to the dead  developer and a martial arts instructor's kinky wife.

Salmon reluctantly pursues Underphal's cryptic clues, leading him from a popular strip club to a failing community bank, adding a blackmailing stripper's murder to the body count.

Thrill Ride - With Underphal pointing the way, Salmon hunts for a key piece of evidence and the common link between the killings - a custom offroad truck. Instead of clearing the case, the truck takes off, dragging Salmon into a high-speed chase, leaving a freeway pileup in its wake.

Suspense Builds - Underphal struggles mightily with his psychic curse, teetering on the brink of insanity. His only hope for redemption is the voice in his head, the voice of his dead
wife. Stumbling through dark vortexes of murderous intrigue, he comes to realize his visions will either kill him or lead to the capture of a killer-maybe more than one.

Author Comments -

"Like a good movie, I want readers visualizing the mystery, living in the characters' skins, savoring the story's twists and turns, keeping them guessing until the end."

"People love a good mystery book. And in today's turbulent times, there's no shortage of raw material."

"I strive to expose crime for what it is, exploring all aspects of the human condition and the often bizarre reactions of people coping with crime's devastation."

"My job, as I see it, is to surprise you--weave a mysterious tale . . . more entertaining than you are expecting."

Editorial Reviews


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


". . . 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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAGZ1S0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery and Intrigue 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
4.0 out of 5 stars This book has it all March 7, 2013
By Kerry M
Format:Kindle Edition
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoaster Mystery Ride 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Thriller 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark Side of Sunset Pointe March 9, 2013
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Dark Side of Sunset Pointe

This novel was very, very slow. The action was intermittent, with a shift from the future to the recent past without any headings explaining what was happening. This was quite confusing until the reader adjusted to the style and could be off-putting for some readers.

The hero, a broken-down older guy who was supposed to be photographer was quite compelling. However, the consistent misspelling of the camera as a "Cannon," rather than the correct "Canon" was annoying, as were his confusing visions coupled with repeated hospitalizations.

Also, it is incredible, bordering on absurd, to expect intelligent readers to believe that any self-respecting police department is going to usher a reporter and her photographer into a "fresh" crime scene. A simple bit of research could have prevented this glaring and offensive error. This repeated mistake affects the entire novel. A simple bit of creative adjustment could have prevented this glaring error.

While the novel is slow, and the few errors are large, the author manages to engross the reader in the story line. The main character is likeable enough, and the premise of the psychic itself is sound enough, that the ground is laid for a solid and much better, sequel featuring the main character and the detective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Allan Scott is a great storyteller.
This is not just a mystery book, Michael Allan Scott is a great storyteller.
Published 2 months ago by blanca Miosi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read. I didn't want to put it down.
Published 5 months ago by Sheryl R.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a storyteller you are...
What a storyteller you are. Strangely this story moves in the direction of a thriller, yet becomes a suspense than add paranormal phenomena. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Darlene Cruz
4.0 out of 5 stars All the murder, greed and lust you love along with a touch of the...
A really good read. Greed, lust, and murder galore with an intriguing touch of the paranormal.
Published 6 months ago by Adrienne Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery thriller unlike any other
A really great read! This mystery combines the hard realities of Phoenix commercial real estate, the unforgiving desert, truly evil criminal elements, hard boiled enforcement,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by N8Jessup
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
When I read the reviews, I knew this book was a must read and I wasn’t disappointed.  This book kept me glued to the story from page one. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Beverly Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars drag out
I had a really hard time getting into the book. The last few chapters were probably the best of the book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lisa Blythe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery.
This is a different type of murder mystery, police procedural. Lance is hearing his dead wife and can't sleep. Read more
Published 10 months ago by AMK
4.0 out of 5 stars The author did a good job describing everything in detail
It was a exciting Mystery. The author did a good job describing everything in detail. Anxious to read his next book.
Published 13 months ago by pat
4.0 out of 5 stars This one is a Wild, Bumpy Ride, but Well Worth it.
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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.

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