New Novel Investigates Murder Among Hollywood’s Top Ranks

Los Angeles, CA, December 26, 2007 --( Kelly Moran is Hollywood’s most glamorous and in-demand movie star, until her body is found with her skull crushed up in her grand bedroom high in the hills of Bel Air. Vietnam War veteran, Hart St. James, wakes up next to her. His outrage drives him to track down the killer with or without the help of the law, and he goes on the hunt in the murder of the century.

Author and Hollywood insider Bill Ison takes readers along for the ride as St. James attempts to flush out this mystery murderer in KillRod: The Cross of Lorraine Murders, just published by Outskirts Press. It’s a quest that will take him across the country, as St. James attempts to answer an ever-twisting series of questions: Why are studio executives interested in Moran’s relationship with prominent politicians? What is the inexplicable connection between himself and the mysterious French-born professional assassin he suspects of committing the gruesome killings? Who hired the assassin? And how is it that the murder weapon seems to be the same deadly device—dubbed KillRod—that St. James had secretly created for his own personal use in Vietnam decades ago? The trail, he finds, could lead all the way up to the highest echelons of government---but only if he can stay alive long enough to follow the trail’s thread to its source.

Through it all, Ison weaves gripping plot lines with the arresting detail of a master wordsmith. Set in large part against the backdrop of the Los Angeles multi-cultured tapestry, Ison sheds light—as only a film industry veteran can—on a Hollywood studio culture that’s sure to fascinate anyone who ever had the slightest interest in the movies. But he also gives readers plenty more to sink their teeth into. KillRod is a sometimes brutal but always riveting psychological thriller—a look inside the development of a killer—and a romp through an unseen criminal underground.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-1399-7 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback Pages: 388 SRP: $15.95 Genre: Mystery

Availability: Through Ingram, Baker & Taylor,,, and Outskirts Press

About the Author: Now in his 83rd year, Northridge resident Bill Ison is no stranger to the ins and outs of the Hollywood studio culture inhabited by his lead character. A former marketing executive and longtime sculptor for the movies, Ison created many of the set pieces seen by millions of filmgoers. But writing was always a love. KillRod is his first published novel.

Author Contact: Visit him on the Web at


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