About Fatal Pose By Barna William Donovan
MUSCLES, MAYHEM, MURDER
Venice, California: Where you’ll find the hottest beaches, hottest gyms,
and hottest bodies. This is where ex-bodybuilder turned private
investigator, Gunnar Marino, runs his business.
The World BodyBuilding Federation: The most successful health and
fitness empire in the world. But WBBF President of Operations, Laura
Preston, suddenly finds herself in the middle of a blackmail scheme,
with bodybuilder Brad Holt threatening to expose a shattering secret
from her past.
Where two adversaries meet: After Holt dies at a contest from what
appears to be a dangerously unhealthy dieting regimen, Marino is hired
to look into whether or not his demise might have been the perfect act
of murder. But the deeper Marino digs into the case—pressed by a
personal obligation to Holt’s sister—the more unsettled he is by Holt’s
background, questioning the morality of seeking justice for a corrupt
murder victim and pursuing a prime suspect who might have been a victim
A showdown no one might walk away from: Finding himself in an escalating
battle of wills and wits with Laura Preston, Marino is aided by a group
of athletes he employs as an investigative staff, and Dr. Erika
Lindstad, his former lover and ex-bodybuilder in her own right. But the
more troubled Marino gets by the case, he realizes that he has no choice
but to see the investigation to its conclusion…because suddenly he and
everyone he cares for are targeted for death.
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Barna William Donovan, a professor of communication and media studies,
is a graduate of the film school of the University of Miami and he
earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His books on film and fandom
include “The Asian Influence on Hollywood Action Films,” “Blood, Guns
and Testosterone: Action Films, Audiences, and a Thirst for Violence,”
and “Conspiracy Films: A Tour of Dark Places in the American Conscious.”
He is also the author of the novels “Confirmation: Investigations of the
Unexplained,” “The Cedar Valley Covenant,” and “Fatal Pose.” His
commentaries on film, television, and popular culture have been quoted
in media like the BBC, Variety, LiveScience, Forbes, Yahoo News, HLNTV,
and various publications from Europe to Latin America.