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An Animated Death In Burbank

An Animated Death In Burbank

A Detective Sandra Cameron Mystery

Detective Sandra Cameron Mysteries (Volume 1)

Michael Joens

Minotaur Books

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Each novel in this compelling new series about Los Angeles cops will deal with a unique and fascinating Los Angeles milieu. In her first outing, Detective Sandra Cameron finds out that drawing cartoons can be deadly, especially when you are as orignial and unorthodox as cartoonist extraordinaire, Patrick Stewart. When the talented but deceased Mr. Stewart is found lying next to a note reading, "That's All, Folks," most people assume he committed suicide.

Detective Sandra Cameron and her colleague Detective Sergeant Tom Rigby suspect Mr. Parker met a much darker demise, one that included some unasked-for assistance. They are even more suspicious after a beautiful dead girl, another cartoon-industry insider, is found floating in her tub. The two cops decide to combine forces, and their relationship teeters on the somewhat fluid boundary between their professional and personal lives. Tom has just been betrayed by an ex-wife, and he is distressed by his feelings for Sandra. She, on the other hand, has her own very comfortable life. She has to ask herself whether romance on the job is ever a good idea--does she really need a man in her life?

What she has in her life is a cold-blooded murder, and as Tom and Sandra struggle with their personal demons, including the ongoing unsolved case involving Sandra's brother, a devilish killer is concocting some chilling scenarios.

About the author

Michael Joens

Michael Joens has worked in virtually every level of the animation industry--animator, storyboard artist, character designer, director, and producer. He has also written several television scripts, animated shorts, and four previous novels. He is the co-owner of the Stillwater Production Company, a film studio where he has produced and directed numerous animated commercials for Hasbro, Milton Bradley, Kenner and Playskool, as well as many award-winning videos. He currently lives with his wife Cathy and family on a horse ranch in Agua Dulce, California.

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