Daniel Depp, author of LOSER'S TOWN, featured in USA TODAY

USA Today’s Craig Wilson interviewed up-and-coming author Daniel Depp about his detective thriller, Loser’s Town, which has debuted to excellent reviews. “It’s the first in a series starring David Spandau, a stuntman turned no-nonsense PI who has to deal with every kind of Hollywood type,” writes Wilson, but as the title Loser’s Town suggests, the author’s view of Tinseltown is more cynical than complimentary–which is just fine with his brother, that actor named Johnny you may have heard of . . . . “I told him I was going to write a detective novel about Los Angeles,” Daniel Depp told USA Today. “He said I should go for it.”

When asked if Loser’s Town might be made into a film someday–a film featuring his kid brother, perhaps?–the elder Depp shrugged off the suggestion as vastly premature. Film rights to the novel have not been sold, and Depp is not particularly interested in seeing his novel turned into a screenplay. “I don’t want to think about any of that right now,” Depp told USA Today. “I’m not so horribly anxious to do it. I like writing books.” That’s good news, because there are two more Spandau detective novels on the horizon. “But if people like it, I’ll just keep writing.”

Simon & Schuster publisher David Rosenthal thinks Loser’s Town is a winner. “This has breakout potential. Daniel is one deeply cool writer who has a dark, funny streak to him,” Rosenthal told USA Today. “It’s very noir. It’s nasty and fast-paced. And none of it goes where you expect it to go. The book transcends a lot of the normal conventions of the detective genre.”

The Zone thanks Theresa for sharing the interview with Daniel Depp; you can read more about Loser’s Town on the Porch forum. To read the full USA Today article, CLICK HERE. And be sure to join Oprah Noodlemantra’s Book Club for their discussion of Loser’s Town–tidbits begin on March 20th!–Part-Time Poet

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