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Pages: 400
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Point Blank

The Pictures

Guy Bolton

Murder is his business. An exhilarating new talent, Guy Bolton's unforgettable 1930s Hollywood fixer moves within the dark recesses of the film business to electrifying effect.
9781786070395 (2 Mar 2017)
RRP £14.99 / US$24.99

The Book

World-weary Jonathan Craine is a detective at the LAPD who has spent his entire career as a studio ‘fixer', covering up crimes of the studio players to protect the billion-dollar industry that built Los Angeles. When one of the producers of The Wizard of Oz is found dead under suspicious circumstances, Craine must make sure the incident passes without scandal and that the deceased's widow, the beautiful starlet Gale Goodwin, comes through the ordeal with her reputation unscathed.

But against his better instincts, Craine finds himself increasingly drawn to Gale. And when a series of unsavoury truths begin to surface, Craine finds himself at the centre of a conspiracy involving a Chicago crime syndicate, a prostitution racket and a set of stolen pictures that could hold the key to unravelling the mystery.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 400
Imprint Point Blank


About the Author

Guy Bolton lives in London and has worked in publishing, film and television. He currently works in drama at the BBC. Guy is also a screenwriter whose work has been optioned by Bedlam Productions, Hat Trick and Tiger Aspect. The Pictures is his first novel. Last year it was short-listed in the Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition.


'An astonishingly accomplished debut.' 

- Daily Mail

‘A splendid read…handled with great skill…[Bolton] paints a portrait of the period with a confidence usually reserved for old survivors.'

- The Times

'[A] laser-sharp noir thriller.'

- Financial Times

‘Brilliantly atmospheric and compelling.'

- Mail on Sunday

‘Craine is not the usual maverick cop and his ambiguous nature makes this novel tick…Place and period are lovingly described.'

- Spectator

‘A skilfully written, atmospheric tale.'

- Literary Review

‘It's one of those books which you pick up idly - and don't put down. I read it in a couple of days and I'm still thinking about a couple of the characters. Definitely recommended…. There's a real pace to the story and an effortless evocation of the Hollywood of the nineteen thirties…It's his first novel and is particularly assured for a debut.'

- The Bookbag