Movies can be a deadly business. Especially when you are
screen writer Nick Slade or girlfriend Clarice Andrews. And you
don’t have the career-destroying porn film that a politician (who
starred in it as a college student) and his hired killers think
In 1978, pornographer Larry Hoffman persuades
college student John Prescott, Jr. and his roommate to let him shoot a scene
from a new porn movie, Horny Teacher’s
Pets, in their dorm room. As an added incentive Hoffman allows the teens to
have sex with the X-rated star, Lilly Lustoff.
Senator John Prescott, Sr. finds out and is furious that his
son was foolish enough to be filmed in a porn movie.
He bribes Hoffman to destroy the negative.
34 years later Representative John Prescott, Jr. has followed
in his father’s footsteps and is running for re-election.
But has a serious problem.
A single print of the porn movie has surfaced. If word of it
gets out, his political career will be destroyed.
Prescott will do anything to find it...
Meanwhile, Clarice asks Nick to help her obtain a
hard-to-find DVD of a TV pilot in which she had appeared.
Nick contacts a film collector, who offers to sell him a
But when Nick goes to meet the collector, he discovers the
collector has been murdered.
Nick and Clarice’s apartment is ransacked.
Their car is stolen and torched.
Soon, other collectors with whom Nick is in contact are
tortured or killed.
Nick himself becomes a suspect.
To clear his name, he must find out why the collectors were targeted.
When he and Clarice learn about the missing print, they find
themselves in Reel Danger, one step
ahead or one step behind Prescott’s hired killer...
Until all their paths brutally coincide.
Nick and Clarice soon find out in this cinematic pursuit they
don’t have body doubles, and the bullets coming at them aren’t blanks.
“A decades-old lapse in
judgment, crossed signals, and a hell of a McGuffin in the form of a missing
porn film may bring a close to the promising political career of a U.S.
Congressman and a lot worse to Haines’s series regulars, Nick Slade and Clarice
Andrews. Haines has crafted a fast-moving, engaging, and occasionally humorous
thriller tailor-made for a leisurely day at the beach, or that long airplane
trip you want to pass a little more quickly. Reel Danger should find a well-deserved spot on your to-be-read
~ Richard Helms (Derringer and
Thriller Award-winning Author, The Mojito
“A jet propelled joyride through piracy, politics and porn. Reel Danger is an ingeniously executed
labyrinth of thrills steeped in the details of film production.”
~ Alex Klymko (Director, A Killing and Spy, The Movie; Producer, A
Perfect Fit and Shanghai Hotel)
“A fast-moving mix of The Sweet Smell of
Success and The Maltese Falcon
written with the swaggering authority of a movie industry insider and the wisecracking
world-weariness of a Dashiel Hammett gumshoe. A 21st Century film-noir novel
for a new generation, awash in both political and cinematic sleaze, and a great
~ John Mangan (Author, The Haunting of Harry Payne [Novel and