Author Spotlight: P.G. Sturges

We ask the author and son of the legendary writer-director Preston Sturges if anyone inspired his new gumshoe

In Shortcut Man, former cop Dick Henry provides a welcome addition to the pantheon of L.A. noir heroes. Henry may get an itchy fist when confronting the deadbeats he’s hired to shake down, and he occasionally fakes his knowledge of jazz, but this hard-boiled private dick rarely loses his cool (except, of course, when the scheming of a streetwise seductress sends him chasing his own tail). We asked author p.g. sturges, the son of the legendary writer/director Preston Sturges, if anyone inspired his new gumshoe:

“The reason I got started on that story was my wife [Gina], who has since passed away. She had been driving one day and said, ‘I heard the most interesting thing on the radio.’ And I said, ‘What?’ And she said, ‘I heard about a detective who was hired to find himself.’ And I said, ‘Well, what happened?’ And she goes, ‘I don’t know, I drove under a bridge.’ So I had a little nugget, and I had to find who would fit that circumstance.”