I first came across author, Doug Richardson, back in 2011, when he contacted me to inquire whether I would be interested in reading and publishing my thoughts about his crime thriller ‘The Safety Expert’.
When I checked out Doug’s website and his impressive credentials and resume, I was a little afraid that any thoughts which I may have expressed about the book, would be consumed by the professional critique that would surely accompany any new project by this consummate and internationally recognised figure.
I was therefore delighted to have been contacted once again by Doug, with details of his latest crime thriller, ‘Blood Money’, due for release in Spring 2013. Check out the synopsis and you will see immediately just why I am so keen to get my hands on a copy of this book. I can already see the screenplay for this storyline!!!
‘BLOOD MONEY’ by DOUG RICHARDSON
The disillusioned Marine’s plan seems simple enough: steal a refrigerated tractor trailer loaded with frozen blood product; drive the pirated cargo from Reno, Nevada to the Port of Long Beach; collect a million dollars. Yet even the most deliberate plans can go sideways. On his campaign south, the Marine’s “inner idiot” takes charge, leaving a smattering of dead bodies in his wake.
In the dark before dawn, a telephone rings. Kern County Sheriff’s detective Lucas “Lucky” Dey, no stranger to being awakened with bad news, answers the call. But this time, the voice on the phone tells Lucky that his ill-fated younger brother has been gunned down on a blackened desolate highway.
As Lucky chases the former Marine and his black semi-rig into the bowels of Los Angeles, he’s thrust into a landscape of competing agendas. Conrad Ellis, the multi-millionaire entertainment mogul, demands justice for the murder of his starlet daughter. Ambitious federal attorney Lilly Zoller is determined to turn any opportunity into her personal spotlight. Rey Palomino, the morally-challenged contractor, colludes with the former Marine hoping to crawl out from under a crushing debt. LAPD detective and dedicated single mom Lydia “Gonzo” Gonzales, reluctantly accepts her assignment to “babysit” the unrestrained Kern County detective hell-bent on avenging his brother’s death at any cost.
A knee-breaking private detective, some unwitting feds, and a coterie of gang-busting L.A. Sheriffs deputies further complicate the scenario and round out the cast of characters in this explosive and unpredictable thrill ride.
A welcome return to Fiction Books for author DOUG RICHARDSON
Doug Richardson was born, raised and still lives in California, with his wife, two children and four mutts (his words, not mine!). The son of a career politician, Doug was born in Arcadia, in the North of the state, but grew up outside Sacramento and inside the State Capitol. He used to talk his way into then Governor, Ronald Reagan’s office, just to get a handful of jellybeans.
Doug left Northern California for Los Angeles, to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. For as long as he could remember, he had wanted to be a movie director. But in pursuing his goal, he discovered how movies are really made: in the writing.
After finishing college, Doug signed a two-year contract with Warner Brothers. In 1989 he garnered national attention when his screenplay was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars.
In 1990 Doug’s first feature film ‘Die Harder’ (the sequel to ‘Die Hard), was produced and to date, this and his subsequent blockbuster films, have grossed more than 800 million dollars worldwide.
In 1997, Doug’s debut novel, ‘Dark Horse’, was published, with his latest book ‘Blood Money’ being his fourth published novel.
Doug has never looked back on his decision to switch to writing and now lives in the shadow of Hollywood, where his talent has earned him international recognition and accolades.
Doug also continues to write and develop for feature films and television.