Gene Burk
Created by John Kaye

Don't look back -- something may be gaining on you.

In John Kaye's well-received The Dead Circus, a noirish ode to dark secrets and the buried past, it's 1986, and GENE BURK is an ex-cop turned Hollywood private eye, obsessed with rock 'n' roll records, and still reeling over the death of his lover in a plane crash. Haunted by his loss, he tries to bury himself in a case of his own: the unexplained death twenty years earlier of legendary rockabilly singer Bobby Fuller of "I Fought the Law" fame.

It turns out that Gene had been one of the cops assigned to the case back then, and he'd never bought the official verdict of suicide. But the more Gene looks deeper into the past, the darker it gets, bumping up at last against true evil, as he discovers disturbing facts about his his own dysfunctional family and his past, including a troubling connection to Charles Manson.

John Kaye is the author of a previous book about Hollywood, 1997's Stars Screaming, which deals with Gene's kid brother, a network censor struggling to break into screenwriting. It's turf Kaye knows well -- he's worked as a film director, and as a screenwriter himself such on films as American Hot Wax and Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins.


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