If you’re into noir, Free Fall is just what the doctor ordered…if the doctor is named Kevorkian.
Rick and Gloria. A match made in hell. Little did he know, as he cruised across the country on his motorcycle on old Route 66 that his journey would land him in the cold heart of Hollywood and the even colder heart of Gloria. And little did he know, as they watched “Double Indemnity,” that, as in the movie, the scent of honeysuckle would also be the scent of murder…and his downfall.
FREE FALL (excerpts):
“You think the enemy was in Iraq. And you think these people are your friends?” She walked to the window, looking out. I followed. A breeze blew a gauzy white curtain in. We looked through the old-fashioned, wide-slatted Venetian blinds at the cars hustling down the boulevard below. At the people scurrying back and forth, each one so busy. Many with cell phones attached to their heads. Most of them – probably – with screenplays under their arms. Movers and shakers. “They don’t give a shit about you. They didn’t support you in the war. They think you’re a baby killer.”
She looked into my eyes. “I think you’re just like me.”
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I kept looking at the Hollywood Sign, wondering about all the people down below, pretending to be in its glow. Where do they go after L.A.? There is nowhere, the land ends and they just tumble into the arroyos and ravines, never to be heard from again.
Author of over thirty published short stories in a variety genres, ranging from noir to straight mystery. Satire to serious fiction. Several award winners among them. In a previous life, I was a script doctor and worked in radio/TV and film and wrote articles for magazines and periodicals.
I am also the last person to have shot on the fabled MGM backlot before it bit the dust to make way for housing. According to Steven Bingen, one of the authors of the recent and well-received, book MGM: HOLLYWOOD’S GREATEST BACKLOT: “That 40 page chronological list I mentioned of films shot at the studio ends with his [Paul D. Marks’] name on it.”