Hiking trails running above Hollywood and West Hollywood inspired a setting for our fourth Tom Stone thriller novel. We’re working with a title in mind that we’ve chosen and will mention it soon.
The trail off Mulholland Drive is one thing that fascinates me (Don) about Los Angeles. It’s a mix of urban and forest, even within several miles of downtown. This is part of the Santa Monica Mountains and a setting for a … crime scene. Trails carved into the sides of the hills are quite a contrast to the crowded streets and densely packed neighborhoods of apartments and homes.
Just imagine, hiding in the brush and waiting … patiently … for — well, you’ll have to read the novel which will be out in a few months.
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Los Angeles fascinates me with its diverse people and landscapes and I always felt that a great setting for a crime thriller story would be in the San Gabriel Mountains above LA.
I’m close to a popular canyon for day hikers and those taking a fire road up a couple thousand feet to a lookout point called Henniger Flats or hiking on to Mount Wilson, famous for it’s observatory and TV antennas visible across the LA basin. It’s Eaton Canyon.
When Lon and I conjured up the short story for Tom Stone: A Deadly Path, featuring Detective Jake Sharpe taking his son on a hike gone terribly wrong, I took some shots of Eaton Canyon’s entrance.
There’s a waterfall that runs down from the mountains and it’s a popular destination spot. But … this is part of Los Angeles County … so you never know what lurks behind the next corner.
So we let our imaginations run wild with the help of our cover artist Ben Southgate and came up with this rendition.
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Detective Jake Sharpe wants to get his 12-year-old son Darrell out from behind video games and into the foothills surrounding Los Angeles. Jake chooses a hiking trail to a waterfall that he and his wife Tasha took the kids on when the children were younger.
Tom Stone and the boy he befriended in the foster care group home, Andrew, join the hike which is filled with the complaints of a pre-teen trying to go his own way in life and the antics of Andrew, a nine-year-old boy who still bears the emotional scars of a troubled home life in his toddler years.
If you live in the greater Pasadena area, can you guess what location inspired the cover for A Deadly Path?
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Here’s an excerpt from the story:
“Aren’t we there yet?” moaned Darrell. “How much farther?”
“Not too far. Just enjoy it.” Jake undid his pack and pulled out a bag of trail mix. “Want some?”
“No thanks.” Darrell reached in his and grabbed an apple.
“I didn’t bring you here to torture you,” Jake sighed. “I thought we might have a nice time together.”
“Yeah, I know, Dad.” Darrell looked around.
“You guys begged to come here when you were little.” That was another world and another era.
Jake put on his pack. “Glad to hear.”
“It’ll be cool to see the falls,” mumbled Darrell.
Suddenly, Jake had an idea. “Want to have some fun?”
“We can beat them to the falls,” said Jake, smiling.
“How? They’re already ahead of us.”
“I know a short cut. It has some steep parts but it’ll save a lot of time.”
“Can you imagine their faces,” laughed Jake, “when they show up, we’re already sitting there?”
“Yeah, that’d be fun. Let’s do it.”
“Hopefully Andy won’t want to look for his stupid gold,” said Darrell.
“Be easy on the kid.”
“He’s just so, you know, retarded.” Darrell wrinkled his face in disgust.
“That’s not nice.” Jake headed up a clearing to his right, squeezing between boulders and on to a little used path.
“I know. He’s just too goofy.” Darrell followed along trying not to scrape against the rocks.
“So were you at his age.”
“He’s doing so much better. Just a couple of years ago he wouldn’t even go to a park.” Jake hurried his pace. “It’s partly his age. It’s partly what happened to him when he was little. But he’s growing up and doing better. Mostly.”
Andrew was a puzzle, one of the many thousands of kids who grew up with abusive families and were then put into foster care group homes. But Stone met him during a Christmas toy drive and decided he’d give him as much exposure to a family as possible.
“You and mom talked about that, huh?”
“Taking in a kid like Andrew.”
“We did. We’ve wanted to help where we can, but our house is full with you guys. I know you can’t understand how good you got it, Darrell.”
They climbed up a steep grade. It was just a few more bends to the falls and Darrell got excited about getting there first and surprising Stone and Andrew. They went down to where the canyon widened into a clearing and several tall trees were clumped together like an oasis.
“Hey, didn’t we go this way when I was a kid?”
Jake agreed. “We actually did. And we all played hide and seek.”
Pop, pop, zing. The sound of a bullet that Jake knew all too well whistled off a rock behind them. “Down.”
“What the—?” Darrell panicked.
Another shot rang out and dust rose just a couple of feet away. Jake scrambled behind a boulder and pulled Darrell with him.