Ten Percent - Hollywood Can Be Murder, a Thriller by D.L. Bruin

7/18-7/20/2015 FREE!!! for Kindle. It's the author's birthday and this is how he wants to celebrate... by GIVING gifts! 5 Stars from Readers Choice.


Ten Percent - Hollywood Can Be Murder is a police procedural mystery written by D.L. Bruin. Someone is killing and dumping young prostitutes on the hillsides above Los Angeles. Detective Max Calderas and her partner, Greg London, have not been able to get a handle on the killer, who's been dubbed The Coyote by the press because of the bite marks found on the victims' bodies. Shelly Monroe is not really concerned about the situation. Her energy is directed towards making her small talent agency into a superstar. When one of her clients, Cody Clifton, a young country hopeful, lands the starring part in the Chuck Dallas series, Shelly's got her golden goose. She moves her offices to a better location, gets a makeover and new car, and seems to have it made. Or does she?

D.L. Bruin's noir mystery, Ten Percent - Hollywood Can Be Murder, blends the police procedural and psychological thriller genres. The author's long relationship with Hollywood and the acting industry lends an authentic feel to the story. He gives the reader an insider's view of the business, both from the actor's and the talent agent's perspective, and the result is a wry, humorous and ironic story that works quite well. Detectives Calderas and London are strong, well-defined characters who merit, in my opinion, at least a few more LA cases to solve. Cody Clifton and his fellow actor and friend, Jimmy Bodine, are equally intriguing, and the glimpses seen of their disturbing pasts add depth and dimension to the story. Bruin's plot is clever and thought-provoking, and his writing style makes getting involved in Ten Percent an effortless and continuing pleasure. Ten Percent - Hollywood Can Be Murder is highly recommended.

-Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite