Straight from the Author's Mouth...

Peter Crestfallen
Created by Simon Wood

"I don't judge. People do whatever drives them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. In your case it didn't. I'm a simple repairman. I do what I can to fix things."

San Francisco private eye PETER CRESTFALLEN may think of himself as a simple repairman, but he ruefully admits that most people think he's a son-of-a-bitch. Here, his creator gives us the scoop on him:

"As a lover of the hard-boiled detective novels, I've always wanted to create my own PI character, but it was when the name Crestfallen popped into my head that I knew I had my detective. I'm a huge fan of Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald, Robert Crais and others, so I'm very conscious of what they've already done and I don't want to imitate them.

"Crestfallen's Getaway," which made it's debut in Fedora II and is available on this site, is the first outing for the San Francisco based PI, Peter Crestfallen, and it won't be the last. Crestfallen is a character that will be back to take more body blows for his clients. A second story, "Crestfallen's Widow," will be appearing in the DIME anthology next year. I have other stories planned or partially written. There is a novella in
progress, which I hope people will find engrossing. It's based on several local events, which I'm entwining to create a very tragic tale. Eventually, I hope to put together a collection of his exploits. Whether Crestfallen will find himself in a novel, I don't yet know. At this point, I'm still developing him."

Simon Wood is a thriller and horror writer, and a California transplant from England. He shares his world with Julie (his American wife), Royston (a long-haired dachshund) and Streetcar (a cat) -- all rescued from the barbaric Californian streets. In the last four years, he's had nearly ninety stories published. His debut novel, the suspense-thriller, Accidents Waiting To Happen, received high praise from reviewers. His current book is the short story collection, Dragged Into Darkness, from Medium Rare Books.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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