Frank Kalinyak
Created by David Scott Milton

When a man's old high school friend is murdered, he's supposed to do something about it...

FRANK KALINYAK, a disgraced Tuscon cop still reeling form the death of his young daughter, heads home to Pittsburgh, at the urging of an old pal, Assistant D.A. Bobby Mack, who wants him to look into the killing of another member of the old gang in his first recorded case, Iron City (2011).

But things don't go so easy for Frank -- he soon discovers he's in way over his head, drowning in a whirlpool of bizarre killings, religious fanaticism, church duplicity, hustlers, cops, junkies and old friends gone bad -- all played out against the dead and decaying landscape of Iron City.

David Scott Milton is an actor, screenwriter, playwright and novelist. An early member of New York's Theater Genesis alongside Sam Shepard, Leonard Melfi, and Murray Mednick, his plays include The Interrogation Room, Halloween Mask, Duet, Bread and Skin, which won the Neil Simon Playwriting Award. He has published six novels, including The Quarterback and Paradise Road, cited by the Mark Twain Journal "for significant contribution to American literature." From 1977 until recently, he taught playwriting and screenwriting at USC., and for thirteen years, he taught creative writing to men at the maximum security prison in Tehachapi, California. He wrote an article about the prison for the Los Angeles Times and he created a one-man show, Murderers Are My Life, which was nominated as best one-man show by the Valley Theater League of Los Angeles.


  • "...(a) fine, unflinching writer. He does not prettify, embroider, ornament of otherwise offend against the utter dignity of his hard, enduring characters; out of their meanness, and misery, he has made a story which I envy, in prose as clean and businesslike as a switchblade."
    George V. Higgins on The Quarterback


Report submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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