Struggling writer Jack Dillon’s personal and professional life is falling apart…until he gets a lucrative gig writing the biography of TV comedy icon Walt Stuckey, who mysteriously walked away from Hollywood at the height of his popularity…and left his millions of fans wondering why for decades. Now Walt’s going to answer the tantalizing question, assuring that his biography will become a massive bestseller and Jack’s salvation. But when Walt is finally ready to tell Jack his big secret, things go terribly, unpredictably wrong, pushing the desperate author into kidnapping…becoming a fugitive chased by the police, the FBI, the news media, a crazed assassin, and Walt’s talentless & psychopathic son…just to finish the book. It’s a brutally original, crazy ride through California, Death Valley and TV history as Jack tries to solve the mystery and craft a perfect finale that doesn’t end with him going to prison… or to his grave.
Struggling writer Jack Dillon’s personal and professional life is falling apart…until he gets a lucrative gig writing the biography of TV comedy icon Walt Stuckey. But things go terribly, unpredictably wrong, pushing Jack into a committing desperate crime...
Philip Reed’s smartly written novel will have readers off and running from the first word and they won’t stop until the pages run out.
A taut thriller with a tantalizing premise, "Off and Running" explores themes of family loyalty and celebrity status as it races from mountains to desert across the California landscape.
A rip-roaring journey through the dark landscape of a writer's desperation for success, the beloved Hollywood icon he kidnaps to achieve it, and the violent repercussions of his folly. Reed grabs you by the throat from page one and throttles you breathless.
In this episodic romp, struggling writer Jack Dillon gets the opportunity to collaborate on the bio of retired TV icon Walt Stuckey, but to finish the job he’s going to have to kidnap Walt from the aged star’s home in the Hollywood Hills and survive a gauntlet of bullets from California’s Mount Whitney to Death Valley. Once the hunt heats up, the plot is off and running
Bizarre showbiz-family dysfunction offers plausibility to the wild plot, which ultimately involves media czar William Paley, Bebe Rebozo, and the dirty tricksters in the Nixon White House. Somehow it all works. Great fun