Death in Eden

He wanted to do research, but what he ended up with was a murder investigation—murder deep within the porn industry.

Desperate to complete the last chapter of his law thesis on workplace dynamics for women to secure his tenure, Professor Stanley Hopkins stumbles on an old close college friend, Donald Johansson, who has plenty of female employees. The problem is that Donald is a porn video king. Taking his wife to California’s seedy city of Burbank to help with taping interviews (and to protect his reputation with the university, not to mention his marriage), Stanley realizes he is in way over his head the moment a leading porn star is brutally killed in Donald’s office during a party.

Donald is arrested and pleads with Stanley to play legal detective. Stanley’s problems are compounded, as playing detective for a porn king puts him on thin ice with the university trustees, gets him in hot water with the police, dangles temptation in front of him, and puts his marriage at serious risk. As he solicits the help of eager porn stars and scrabbles for clues to help defend his old friend, Stanley feels the walls closing in on him more and more each minute. 

Death in Eden is a gripping page-turner and a darkly funny debut novel.

Meet the Author

PAUL J. HEALD Started writing fiction in college but quit abruptly when he discovered that he had nothing much to say. So, he fled graduate school for Madrid on the eve of the tumultuous first election since Franco seized power in 1937. Teaching English in Spain and then at Florida A & M University, an historically Paul HealdAfrican-American college, followed by law school and a clerkship working on death cases with a famous federal judge, provided plenty of inspiration, but by then his three small children were demanding to be fed, so he took a job teaching copyright law at the University of Georgia School of Law. For several years, all creative energy was channeled into dozens of articles on intellectual property law and thousands of scurrilous emails. The publication in October 2014 of Death in Eden marks the first installment in a series of books whose characters will find themselves wandering the lovely tree-lined streets of Clarkeston, Georgia.

When he is not writing, Paul sings vaguely on pitch with various groups and teaches copyright at the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Red Herring fiction workshop, and his wife, Jill Crandall, directs the well-known women’s a cappella choir, Amasong

Death in Eden will be published by Yucca Publishing, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing. Paul is represented by Peter Riva of International Transactions, Inc.

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