Scratch on the Dark by the late British author Basil Copper, perhaps best known for his contributions to the Solar Pons series which was a popular Sherlock Holmes pastiche back in the day, is the 4th novel in his Mike Faraday series of vintage crime mystery/thrillers free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’s Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1967 by Robert Hale. The long-running series stars a gritty P.I. based in Los Angeles, California. This story takes place in and around Hollywood, as a search for a former movie star wife who has absconded with her estranged husband’s money puts him on the trail of a lucrative and potentially deadly underground filming racket.
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Mike Faraday, private investigator is back on the job – this time wandering into the world of Hollywood, that elusive elite society that L.A. revolves around.
Dr. Nathan Crisp asks Faraday to find his beautiful yet wandering wife, former famous movie star Zarah Fayne. Crisp makes it clear that there’s no love lost between the two, but Fayne has made off with some money.
Now it’s Faraday’s job to track it down.
While trying to figure out this newest mystery in the way only the sardonic detective can, he uncovers a trail that leads to a million-dollar Hollywood racket in pornographic films.
The trail takes him from Jet Studios to Caribou Lake and, as always, bullets fly and murder will out.
Meanwhile, Mike finds himself surrounded by a host of characters, but who can he trust?
There’s Carol Foster, and the lovely Denise Silverman also takes his eye. And then there’s Starr, the cold professional killer, with Faraday in her sights…
Will Faraday make it out of this one with his life?
He will have to rely on his quick wit, gritty work ethic, and the connections he’s made over the years, including his ally McGiver in the LAPD, to solve this newest case and once again uncover what is really going on behind the scenes.
But as the case complicates itself, Faraday keeps digging for the truth, and discovers almost more than he can handle…
Scratch on the Dark is a gripping mystery thriller that you won’t be able to put down.