Featured Selection: Pure Gold by Theodore P. Druch
Theodore P. Druch
With Three Cases of Gold, Theodore P. Druch has brought back the noir thriller and three hard-boiled detective stories of another time.
Cast loosely in the mold of such hard-boiled detectives as Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe, Joe Gold is an old-fashioned kind of guy, adrift in a modern world he doesn’t fully understand, full of characters he understands all too well. Times may change, but people don’t. And being Jewish is just another hurdle.
Down on his luck and behind on his rent, he’s approached by his old mistress, Maureen, now married to the corrupt mayor of Central City, with a serious problem. Their daughter, seventeen-year-old Julie who has no idea that Joe is her real father, has been abducted from her summer camp in a blackmail attempt of some sort.
Before she can give him any important details, Maureen is murdered, and Joe is left on his own to put together all the pieces of the puzzle and rescue his daughter. Complicating matters, it appears that someone is out to kill him too.
Threading the dangerous needle that takes him through the seamy underbelly of Central City and Mayor Bill Wagner’s corrupt administration proves to be a real challenge, and he’s totally unprepared for what he finds at the end.
The surprises don’t end there, however, as he discovers in his next two cases: a man who believes he’s a vampire and another who purveys murder through the comments sections of a newspaper.
Through all this, he’s aided by Jenny Martin, his long-suffering business partner and Girl Friday, who struggles to keep him on an even keel—and alive.
About Theodore P. Druch:
Born in Milwaukee and educated in Boston, Theodore P. Druch went on to take a “higher” degree at Timothy Leary’s LSD commune at Millbrook, NY. He has written about this experience in a “true” novel, Timothy Leary and the Madmen of Millbrook. After his graduation from the Psychedelic Academy, he went on to become a general contractor in San Francisco, mostly remodeling old Victorians. Their houses anyway.
At the age of fifty-eight, he and his partner, Maria Ruiz, chucked it all and ran away from home to see the world. They spent ten years traveling to fifty-two countries and living in several for extended periods.
Today, Druch lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he rekindled an old love of writing. He is an active member of the Puerto Vallarta Writer’s Group and conducts a weekly workshop for serious authors. He was chairman for the 7th Annual PVWG International Writers Conference in February 2012.
In the last two years, he has published four full-length non-fiction e-books and is currently working on his first novel, a historical fantasy of 1492 called King David’s Harp. he fully expects it to be a blockbusting best-seller, filled as it is with pirates, adventurers, corrupt Popes and priests, several heroes and heroines, and a search for clues to the hiding place of the harp of King David, the recovery of which might bring about the return of the Messiah.