The DVD Murders

Mystery & Thrillers

By Bob Frey

Publisher : Van Fleet Books

ABOUT Bob Frey

Bob Frey
  Bob Frey loves to entertain, make people laugh and think, and, perhaps, shake them up a little. He was a copywriter for several top Los Angeles advertising agencies and received several awards for his creative work. When he turned to writing fiction, he found it was a whole new ballgame More...


Someone is killing the A-List actors of Hollywood, shooting them dead, and leaving a defaced DVD of one of their films at the crime scene. Enter Detective Second Class Frank Callahan, a big, tough, rough and tumble sort of guy who happens to be gay. Follow him and his fellow Irish Catholic sidekick, Barry, as they pursue the elusive DVD killer over the streets of Hollywood, through gay bars, bath houses and cruising grounds, on a chase around MagicMountainAmusement Park, Forest Lawn, Sunset Strip and other L.A. landmarks. Witness Callahan’s evolution from a seeker of personal glory to team player, his monumental showdown with a gay-bashing rival detective, the brutish Moose Koehler, and his reunion with his estranged lover, a fascinating character named Car. In the end, it’s good, old-fashioned police work with an assist from Barry’s Aunt Bee, a walking encyclopedia of film lore that leads to the killer’s downfall in an exciting climax reminiscent of Hollywood’s legendary gangster films.

“You know, when you get to be a certain age, some people tend to write you off as useless or even a burden. I am now retired. My hearing isn’t what it used to be. I get tired a lot easier than I used to, and my memory, especially my short-term memory, often lets me down. My mind, however, is as sharp as ever and inside I feel like the same kid that grew up in Philadelphia, a fact young people may not appreciate. My ability to produce a 265-page mystery novel is positive proof than older citizens still have something to contribute. My advice to other senior citizens: Don’t let others get you down. Sure, you can’t run a four minute mile or play professional football, but if you have a book or good story inside you, sit down and write it. It will not only give you pleasure to do it, but someone may actually enjoy reading it.”

A memorable Character

"Detective Frank Callahan has a lot on his plate. Not only is he mourning the loss of a relationship while dealing with bigots at work on a daily basis, he's handed a career-making opportunity when A-list actors start dropping like flies. A serial killer, out to rectify the immoral world of Hollywood, is on the loose and terrifying everyone down the Walk of Fame. Detective Callahan—who just happens to be gay—navigates the internal and external politics of the LAPD as he tries to stay ahead of the game despite all the obstacles put in his way. Bob Frey has written a memorable character by defying stereotypes in creating a whole person who's neither sinner nor saint. Frank Callahan is just the kind of man needed to stop the DVD Killer before more Hollywood stars fall from the sky."H.L. Cherryholmes, Author of A Slight Touch