Interview with Cary Pepper

What's the story behind your latest book?
San Francisco detective Ed Sampas is sitting in his office when Thelonius Noble enters and says he wants Sampas to recover a stolen item — a black statue of a bird, about a foot high, made of lead.
“Sounds like the Maltese falcon,” Sampas jokes.
“It is," Noble tells him,” straight-faced.
Turns out, Noble owns the movie prop from The Maltese Falcon, and it’s worth a million dollars.

Should be a simple matter of recovering stolen property. And Sampas has the perfect resources to do it –
one childhood friend who’s a city cop, another who’s got his finger on the pulse of the city’s black market.
But nothing about this case is as simple as it seems. Including the beautiful, sultry woman dogging Sampas’s steps, Noble’s immense “business associate,” and the bizarre neurological condition Sampas has been dealing with since his last case.

REEL LIFE CRIME mirrors the plot of Dashiell Hammett’s story (and John Huston’s film),
while being an original mystery in its own right, a tongue-in-cheek hard-boiled detective story,
an affectionate tribute to the noir genre, and a commentary on how much films impact our culture
and our everyday lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I kept getting positive responses to the book from agents and publishers, but even with the positive responses no one would take it on. So I finally decided to take matters in to my own hands.
What are you working on next?
At the moment, I’m finishing a new play and mapping out a sequel to Reel Life Crime.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Reel Life Crime
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,230. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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Reel Life Crime mirrors the plot of The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett’s novel and John Huston’s 1941 film), while being an original mystery in its own right, a tongue-in-cheek hard-boiled detective story, an affectionate tribute to the noir genre, and a commentary on how much movies impact our culture and our everyday lives.