Empire Grade

A married assistant D.A. falls for a vagabond girl living in the seedy Beach Flats area of Santa Cruz, California. His double life may lead him to the murderer in a gruesome double homicide --- but at the cost of his marriage and career. Based on a 1982 true crime in Santa Cruz County. Adapted from my short story published in the UK crime magazine Close to the Bone

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Written by:
Starring Roles For:
Young Josh Hartnett
Young Thomas Jane
Young Elisha Cuthbert
In the Vein Of:
Presumed Innocent
Sea of Love
Red Hill
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Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction in 2021 and 2016

I wrote the feature film, Murder in Fashion, about the shooting of designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The film played at theatres and festivals and was reviewed in the NY Times:

My short story, published in Cornell University's literary magazine, Epoch, is currently under option to Sony and Road Less Traveled Productions.

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