"...great story-telling in the classic P.I. tradition..." —John Jakes

lurid crime drama

"...a deliciously enjoyable thriller..." —Anne Rice


ward-winning writer, producer and director John Wilder marks his novel fiction debut with contemporary murder mystery Nobody Dies In Hollywood, criminal intrigue set against the rough-and-tumble of the Hollywood scene.

Wilder’s most notable projects include:

  • James Michener’s Centennial: Writers Guild Award, Best Long-Form Drama, and Golden Globe nomination
  • Return To Lonesome Dove: Western Writers of America Award, and Western Heritage Award
  • Spenser: For Hire
  • The Streets of San Francisco: Writers Guild nomination, and two Emmy nominations for Best Dramatic Series

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Nobody Dies In Hollywood introduces a contemporary take on a traditional genre with private investigator Michael Drayton, an everyman for today, whose grit and diversity explodes from the page much like the reverberation from his trusty Sig Sauer.

Drayton is reluctantly drawn into a grisly double homicide, one in which the loss of a world-renowned, Oscar-winning star overshadows that of the “nobody” who dies alongside him.

Wilder’s knack for descriptive prose sets a stunning backdrop between the allure of Santa Barbara and the myriad of contradictions that is Los Angeles. The rise and fall of emotional undercurrents parallel the unraveling of clues, leading to a crescendo of action that will hit lovers of crime drama right between the eyes.

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Praise for NDIH

Nobody Dies In Hollywood is a deliciously enjoyable thriller, beautifully written, beautifully constructed and suspenseful through the last page. A powerfully compelling hero, private detective Michael Drayton walks the fabled ‘mean streets’ of Los Angeles with the courage of a Jack Reacher and the wisdom and moral compass of Raymond Chandler’s legendary Philip Marlowe. Wilder’s intimate knowledge of Hollywood provides for a fabulous and thoroughly modern story, filled with thrilling surprises that, nevertheless, delivers the vintage depth of great detective novel pioneers. I hope this will be the first of a long series. A very satisfying read. A true pleasure.”


“Great story-telling in the classic P.O. tradition. Wilder’s Hollywood experience adds extra savor. Michael Drayton is a character you’ll want to meet again.”

“Renowned television/screenwriter John Wilder is finally publishing his first novel, and it is the real deal. Nobody Dies In Hollywood, a contemporary crime book set in Los Angeles, combines the best qualities of the old masters like Chandler and Hammett with new contemporary stars like T. Jefferson Parker and George Pelecanos. Rich characters, sparkling dialogue, a good story line, and a strong moral underpinning. Aficionados of crime writing will love this book.”

“With ‘Nobody Dies in Hollywood,’ John Wilder exploits his deep knowledge of that venerable literary form, the detective novel, and makes it new again. Through the prism of his own career as a Hollywood insider, Wilder has created a truly original hero, Mike Drayton, who talks truth to power in his pursuit for justice for a forgotten victim. Along the way, Drayton tackles challenging questions of celebrity obsession, personal identity, and race in the face of his own existential crisis. This is a stunning debut.”

“For more than thirty years, John Wilder told the best stories on television. With Nobody Dies In Hollywood, he continues that tradition on the page. Expertly paced, exquisitely observed, and compulsively readable, this novel fairly raises detective fiction up from the dead. Mike Drayton is the perfect private eye for the new millennium. Robert B. Parker would be proud.”

“John Wilder has written a great first novel with delicious attention to SoCal detail and a seemingly effortless literacy. Nobody Dies In Hollywood is a warm blooded tour of Hollywood’s cold blooded factories,where the star-making machines mix big money with naïve talent and loyalty is smelted into greed. This book is a page burning pleasure and the reason for the first all-nighter I have pulled in years.”

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  • Pub Date: October 8, 2015
  • Publisher: Balcony 7 Media and Publishing
  • Editor: JZ Bingham
  • Hardcover: 978-1-939454-39-3 | SRP $24.99
  • Softcover: 978-1-939454-40-9 | SRP $15.99
  • Ebook: 978-1-939454-41-6 (ePub); 978-1-939454-60-7 (Kindle) | SRP $12.99
  • HC Trim Size: 6″ x 9″ 275 pages
  • BISAC: Fiction, Crime, Mystery & Detective, Private Investigator
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Author, Writer, Director, Producer

About The Author

John Wilder is an award-winning writer, producer and director of nearly 400 hours of prime-time drama on network and cable television, John Wilder’s Hollywood roots have been transplanted to Santa Barbara, CA, where he is Writer in Residence and Adjunct English Professor for prestigious Westmont College. Wilder makes his novel debut in 2015 with a murder mystery set in his old stomping grounds of Los Angeles. He is a graduate of UCLA and a former film and television actor.

~ Received the Writers Guild Award for Best Long-form Drama, the Western Heritage Award, and a Golden Globe Nomination for his adaptation/production of James A. Michener’s Centennial, the epic, 26-hour NBC mini-series, and one of the biggest television events of its time. Wilder also Executive Produced the film for Universal Pictures.

~ Received the Western Writers of America Award and second Western Heritage Award for Writing/Exec-Producing the 7-hour CBS miniseries, Return To Lonesome Dove.

~ Received a Golden Globe Nomination for John Jakes’ The Bastard, 4-hour mini-series adaptation he Executive Produced for Operation Prime time network, based on the bestselling novel.
Created, Wrote and Executive Produced the critically acclaimed NBC series The Yellow Rose (starring Sam Elliott and Cybill Shepherd).

~ Developed, Wrote, Executive Produced and Directed the top-rated ABC series Spenser: For Hire (starring Robert Urich and Avery Brooks), adapted from Robert B. Parker’s bestelling novels.

~ Wrote, Produced and Directed the number-one rated ABC series The Streets of San Francisco (starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas).

~ Received a Writers Guild Nomination for Best Teleplay, and Two Emmy Nominations for Best Dramatic Series.

~ Wrote and Executive Produced the 2013 Hallmark movie Shuffleton’s Barbershop starring Danny Glover.

~ Other notable projects: Wilder was chosen again to adapt James Michener’s bestselling novel Texas for ABC; and selected by Anne Rice to adapt her novel The Feast of All Saints for Showtime, as well as her bestselling Mayfair Witches trilogy, The Witching Hour, Lasher, and Taltos for NBC. Wilder is currently adapting the National Book Award-winning novel Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, by bestselling author and journalist, Timothy Egan.