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Pacific Coast Highway Mass Market Paperback – April, 1994

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When billionaire Jamison Sanford suspects foul play in the highway hit-and-run death of his young wife Barbara, he turns to neighbor Derek Cheney, the recently retired LAPD chief of detectives. Because of his psychiatrist wife's heavy work schedule, Cheney finds himself with time on his hands and agrees to investigate the death, uncovering a string of serial murders perpetrated by a deranged director of slasher films. As Cheney works through his guilt and ambivalence over his wife's determination to undergo plastic surgery to enlarge her breasts, he is confronted with the seductive wiles of a beautiful reporter who scents a possible career-making story in the alleged hit-and-run. The author of Black Butterfly has created a fast-paced thriller with occasional insights into life, love and relationships--Smoke calls a muted TV the late 20th century's electronic fireplace and notes that the phrase "difficult divorce" is redundant. A film-writer and director himself, Smoke keeps the surprising turns of plot coming until the proverbial fat lady has sung.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Stephen Smoke
An accomplished novelist, screenwriter, musician, and businessman, Stephen Smoke successfully navigates the worlds of art and business. He is the author of 30 published books (20 novels), including Black Butterfly (HarperCollins), Pacific Coast Highway (HarperCollins), Pacific Blues (HarperCollins), and The Prince of Palos Verdes (White Lighthouse Books), Cathedral of the Senses, and I, Walt Whitman (summer 2012 release) under his own and other names.

In 2011 he wrote and published the first novel with its own embedded soundtrack (Cathedral of the Senses; for the iPad). During the summer of 2012 Stephen will publish two other embedded soundtrack multimedia novels (Trick of the Light, which was originally published in 1989, and I, Walt Whitman). Besides becoming the first novelist to write and embed a soundtrack in his novel, Stephen will soon become the only author in the world to have published three embedded soundtrack, mulitimedia novels.

He has also written and directed feature films, including "Street Crimes" (starring Dennis Farina) and "Final Impact," and has written screenplays for others, including "Magic Kid."

He founded and published Mystery Magazine, and published the first online mystery magazine (Hamilton Caine's Mystery Digest, on CompuServe).

Mr. Smoke is also a published songwriter, and recorded an album (in support of his novel, Trick of the Light) on which several well-known musicians, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Garth Hudson (the keyboard player in Bob Dylan's backup band, The Band), played on various tracks. He is also a member of ASCAP and regularly collects royalties for music he has written for feature films. He occasionally performs "Storyteller Concerts," during which he plays songs from his books, explaining the context in which the songs were written and how they pertain to the novels.

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