Among the numerous,notable projects Wilder helped create are: James Michener's Centennial (Writers Guild Award, Best Long-Form Drama and Golden Globe nomination)); mini-series Return To Lonesome Dove (Western Writers of America Award and Western Heritage Award); top-rated series Spenser: For Hire; and the number-one rated series The Streets of San Francisco, for which Wilder received a Writers Guild nomination and two Emmy nominations for Best Dramatic Series.
Wilder's artful interpretation of dialogue, action and emotion shine in Nobody Dies In Hollywood, featuring private investigator Michael Drayton who has lifelong ties to Hollywood's elite and "reflects the multi-ethnic nature of contemporary America," in the author's own words.
Drayton is hired by the father of an aspiring actor who was brutally slain alongside a world-renowned movie star in a horrific and seemingly senseless attack. With the son's death tragically overshadowed by the mega-star's fame, Drayton's private mission for justice parallels the official investigation, led by his nemesis and former boss. The duality of emotional turbulence is a running theme and, as the human elements rise and fall, a myriad of characters are introduced, each exuding amodern-day realism that mirrors the dynamic and frenetic scene that epitomizes Hollywood's movie-making industry. Suspense and drama build crisply andsmoothly through Wilder's innate sense for storytelling, ending with surprise and satisfaction.
Set against the sun-drenched backdrop of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Wilder connects contemporary culture, over-the-top personalities and timeless personal demons. In Michael Drayton, Wilder has created a character that embodies the grit of yesterday and the diversity of today.
|Publisher:||Balcony 7 Media and Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.76(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 10 Years|
About the Author
-- Received the Writers Guild Award for Best Long-Form Drama, the Western Heritage Award, and a Golden Globe Nomination for his adaptation/production of James A. Michener’s Centennial, the epic, 26-hour NBC mini-series, and one of the biggest television events of its time. Wilder also Executive Produced the film for Universal Pictures.
-- Received the Western Writers of America Award and second Western Heritage Award for Writing/Exec-Producing the 7-hour CBS miniseries, Return To Lonesome Dove.
-- Receiveda Golden Globe Nominationfor John Jakes’The Bastard, a 4-hour mini-series adaptation he Executive Produced for Operation Prime Time network.
-- Created, Wrote and Executive Produced the critically acclaimed NBC series The Yellow Rose (starring Sam Elliott and Cybill Shepherd).
-- Developed, Wrote, Executive Produced and Directed the top-rated ABC series Spenser: For Hire (starring Robert Urich and Avery Brooks).
-- Wrote, Produced and Directed the number-one rated ABC series The Streets of San Francisco (starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas). Received a Writers Guild Nomination for Best Teleplay, and TwoEmmy Nominations for Best Dramatic Series.
-- Wrote and Executive Produced the 2013 Hallmark movie Shuffleton's Barbershop starring Danny Glover.
-- Other notable projects: Wilder was chosen again by James Michener to adapt his best-selling novel Texas for ABC; and selected by Anne Rice to adapt her novel The Feast of All Saints for Showtime, and her bestselling trilogy The Witching Hour, Lasher, and Taltos for NBC.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the book to buy if you like great crime fiction. Producer/Director/ Writer John Wilder has written his first novel and he has crafted a top-notch detective story. Michael Drayton, Wilder's detective is primed for the new century. Like most of the great detectives, Drayton is obsessed with his case while thoughtfully dealing with his own personal issues. Unlike them, you have a man of mixed race who has to work in a world of racism whee even the good guys are suspect and dangerous. While today's headlines are full of societal racism issues, Drayton faces them right now. It is outside the headlines where the story takes place as Drayton must investigate the death of a "nobody" in the shadow of a headline murder. Drayton himself is a nobody until Wilder imbues him with consciousness and wisdom. You can identify with Drayton no matter who you are or where you come from. It is the writing, though, that makes this book such a pleasure to read. Wilder's background in television helps to drive the pace of the book. You rapidly turn the pages as the plot and action move quickly through swiftly advancing dialogue. You just stop for the well pictured actual places in Southern California. People who live there will immediately know where the action takes place. You feel the atmosphere. The characters are real and timely, the locations are real and tangible, and the story is simple and believable. This is as much a great book for the beginner reader of this genre as it is a great start for a new novelist. The back flap of the dust jacket identifies some of Wilder's work on "Spenser: for Hire" and "The Streets of San Francisco"--great background for a modern crime writer. But it is his work on "Centennial" where the spirit of novelist James Michener has rubbed off on Wilder. This is why you need to read this book. When people begin to talk about this new crime novelist, you will know why.