Desperate to complete the last chapter of his law thesis on workplace dynamics for women to secure his tenure, Professor Stanley Hopkins stumbles on an old close college friend, Donald Johansson, who has plenty of female employees. The problem is that Donald is a porn video king. Taking his wife to California’s seedy city of Burbank to help with taping interviews (and to protect his reputation with the university, not to mention his marriage), Stanley realizes he is in way over his head the moment a leading porn star is brutally killed in Donald’s office during a party.
Donald is arrested and pleads with Stanley to play legal detective. Stanley’s problems are compounded, as playing detective for a porn king puts him on thin ice with the university trustees, gets him in hot water with the police, dangles temptation in front of him, and puts his marriage at serious risk. As he solicits the help of eager porn stars and scrabbles for clues to help defend his old friend, Stanley feels the walls closing in on him more and more each minute.
Death in Eden is a gripping page-turner and a darkly funny debut novel.
Death in Eden is a well-crafted murder mystery with an engaging academic sleuth set in the bosom of Los Angeles’s seamy and sultry porn industry. The sleuth, Professor Stanley Hopkins, is destined for a long career in solving celebrity murders. Catch him now! A fun read.
Paul Heald’s debut novel is a terrific read—witty and sharp throughout, with characters that continue to surprise, an exciting twisted plot, and a few genuine belly laughs along the way. More! More!
Laced with black humor and cliff-hanger plot twists and turns, 'Death in Eden' is a superbly crafted mystery and denoted author Paul Heald's undeniable talents as an original storyteller. A solid entertainment from beginning to end, 'Death in Eden' is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Mystery/Suspense collections."