Hollywood Ghostwriter Mysteries

published novels and works in progress

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Free Kindle Version of L.A. SLEEPERS from 11/9-11/13/16

Free Kindle Version of L.A. SLEEPERS from 11/9-11/13/16

November 9, 2016

L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery is available FREE via Kindle download from Wednesday, 11/9 through Sunday, 11/13/16. Get your FREE Kindle version at Amazon.com.

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Beverly Hilton Hotel

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Beverly Hilton Hotel

July 5, 2016

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Beverly Hilton Hotel by Dakota Donovan Designed by architect Welton Becket — who also counts the iconic circular Capitol Records Building among his creations — the Beverly Hilton Hotel opened in 1953 and has enjoyed renovations over the decades, while retaining its midcentury charm. The location is a good place to spot […]

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Bel Air

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Bel Air

July 1, 2016

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Bel Air by Dakota Donovan In my novel, L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery, I travel to an  upscale enclave of Los Angeles known as Bel Air — the most affluent neighborhood in the city, located about twelve miles west of downtown. The community was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo Bell (hence, […]

Inspiration

ripley

First published in 1955, Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley is not just a masterful crime novel — it’s one of the best books of any kind, ever.

double indemnity

Double Indemnity — a 1944 film noir masterpiece directed by Billy Wilder with a screenplay by Wilder and Raymond Chandler — never gets old.

the little sister

The Little Sister — my favorite Raymond Chandler novel — first published in 1949, it remains a great insider’s view of Hollywood absurdities.