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Table Of Contents

CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
CHAPTER NINETEEN
CHAPTER TWENTY
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO
EPILOGUE
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A Question of Murder

A Question of Murder

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Gross ambition…an obsession for money…power…leads to murder and betrayal. On Saturday, September 27, 1969, two LAPD Homicide detectives, Steve Keller and Joe Rodriguez are called to 1025 Sunset Plaza Drive, the sprawling, Spanish style, Hollywood Hills home of tabloid-publisher, Randall Curtiss. Curtiss’ wife, Valerie has been found shot to death in the bathroom of the master bedroom. Curtiss is discovered in the family den, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It becomes apparent that Curtiss was beset with heavy financial difficulties, coupled with the fact that his smarmy scandal sheet, Hollywood Confidential, has been hit with a $50-million libel suit. Screen actor, Gregg Chandler was suing Curtiss for defamation of character, invasion of privacy. The stage is set for the murder-suicide. However, following an intense investigation of the crime scene, which includes a ballistics report, and a phony suicide note, the detectives come to the conclusion that the murder-suicide was a “set-up”…that in actuality, the Curtisses were both murdered.Because of Curtiss’ affiliation with the notorious scandal magazine, a host of possible suspects emerges, including his ex-wife, Barbara; his business partner, Diane Walker; a sleazy paparazzi, Tony D’Amato; a competitor, Marty Schwimmer; a disgruntled and recently-fired employee, David Levine; a Mafia-connected hoodlum, Nick DiNapoli. Played against a background, where the Curtiss-Chandler trial is imminent, and surprising testimony from a dying associate of Randall Curtiss surfaces, the detectives’ investigation leads them into an intricate web of blackmail, deception and murder.
Gross ambition…an obsession for money…power…leads to murder and betrayal. On Saturday, September 27, 1969, two LAPD Homicide detectives, Steve Keller and Joe Rodriguez are called to 1025 Sunset Plaza Drive, the sprawling, Spanish style, Hollywood Hills home of tabloid-publisher, Randall Curtiss. Curtiss’ wife, Valerie has been found shot to death in the bathroom of the master bedroom. Curtiss is discovered in the family den, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It becomes apparent that Curtiss was beset with heavy financial difficulties, coupled with the fact that his smarmy scandal sheet, Hollywood Confidential, has been hit with a $50-million libel suit. Screen actor, Gregg Chandler was suing Curtiss for defamation of character, invasion of privacy. The stage is set for the murder-suicide. However, following an intense investigation of the crime scene, which includes a ballistics report, and a phony suicide note, the detectives come to the conclusion that the murder-suicide was a “set-up”…that in actuality, the Curtisses were both murdered.Because of Curtiss’ affiliation with the notorious scandal magazine, a host of possible suspects emerges, including his ex-wife, Barbara; his business partner, Diane Walker; a sleazy paparazzi, Tony D’Amato; a competitor, Marty Schwimmer; a disgruntled and recently-fired employee, David Levine; a Mafia-connected hoodlum, Nick DiNapoli. Played against a background, where the Curtiss-Chandler trial is imminent, and surprising testimony from a dying associate of Randall Curtiss surfaces, the detectives’ investigation leads them into an intricate web of blackmail, deception and murder.

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