I have a fan in Michigan who wrote the following press release for The Painted Monkey for distribution in my home state and I would really like to thank her and anyone else who is willing to help me in getting this book out to the general public as well as to the incredible Sons of Anarchy ” Piney Winston” fans. - Bill
West Michigan-Born Actor William Lucking Releases First Major Novel – The Painted Monkey
(KALAMAZOO, Mich) — Vicksburg, Michigan-born actor William Lucking has a long-standing career as a television, film and stage actor – most notably starring as Piney Winston in the acclaimed show Sons of Anarchy.
In recent years, Lucking has also spent time developing his longtime love of writing – creating numerous screenplays, short stories and novels. His latest project, The Painted Monkey, a 225- page crime novel is set in the gritty streets of San Diego and is currently available in digital format and will be available in print format in February, 2014.
In The Painted Monkey young boys are being killed and left in make-shift cages on the floor of the ocean. Their flesh is eaten by crabs and fish leaving their skeletons with no means of identifying them except untraceable Mexican dental work.
Homicide detective Eduardo “Eddie” Padilla, is a Mexican-American who no longer follows the rules that govern other cops. He is determined to find out who has been killing these kids. It becomes personal. His vow to punish the murderers deepens when he steps outside the law into a vile world of insanity, rape and betrayal.
He is assigned to work with the attractive Dr. Angela Massey of the CDC who is trying to fund clinics to deal with immigrant diseases. Their uneasy alliance gives them the political and legal muscle to unmask the murderers and bring them to swift justice.
William Lucking Born in Vicksburg in 1941, Lucking moved out of Michigan around age 10. A graduate of U.C.L.A. and The Pasadena Playhouse with degrees in English literature and theatre, he remains a leading character actor playing cops, criminals, soldiers, cowboys, offbeat characters of all kinds. Over the years, he’s racked up appearances on shows such as Ironside, Mission Impossible, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Barnaby Jones, The Rockford Files, Erin Brockovich, Contraband, The Red Dragon, The Rundown and countless others.
Writing since his college years, Lucking has created numerous screenplays and short stories. He now writes novels mostly drawn from his life experiences and the belief that crime drama is the best way to “explain our increasingly insane society.”
REVIEWS via Amazon.com (5 out of 5 stars)
Riveting detective work by Eddie Padilla. Great mystery and suspense. Highly recommended to mystery and detective followers. Looking forward to the next in the series. — Lisa Roth
From the first sentence to the last Mr. Lucking has produced a taut, gripping and remarkably imaginative story as engaging as it is disturbing. To a person, the characters are distinctively different and equally interesting. In Eddie Padilla, we are introduced to a protagonist largely unseen in contemporary writing: a character who combines quiet intellectualism with dogged determination, and who manages to engage successfully colleagues and consultants across
cultures as he seeks to find a grotesque serial murderer whose motives are almost unspeakably horrific. Best of all, it appears that Detective Padilla will be back. One can only hope so. “The Painted Monkey” is a real gem, a “must read” book that captures the reader from its terrifying opening to its stunning conclusion and never lets go. — Mark Rader
Mr. Lucking, probably due in part to his long career of playing heavies in the movies, has the most vivid ability to imagine horrifying crime that is so gripping that the urge to “help” his detective all the way to the end compels the reader to follow every clue. You want to find out what happens as much as to share in the excruciating conclusion. This is detective writing of the first order, and I’m very interested to read the next Det. Pedilla adventure. — John R. Moore
The Painted Monkey is available now in digital format ($6.99/Kindle) on Amazon.com and will be released in print format in February, 2014.
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The Painted Monkey Bettie Youngs Book Publishers ePub ISBN: 978-1-940784-09-0 Book ISBN: 978-1-940784-10-6