Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dark Side of Sunset Pointe (Lance Underphal Mystery #1)” as Want to Read:
Dark Side of Sunset Pointe (Lance Underphal Mystery #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Dark Side of Sunset Pointe (Lance Underphal Mystery #1)

by
3.87  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN10: 193870195X / ISBN13: 9781938701955.

“An intriguing hook and a sympathetic protagonist in a world that, while seemingly depraved and dark, is clearly recognizable and believable. A well-built mystery…” Kirkus Reviews

"You see the crime through the eyes of the victims . . . thrilling and scary at the same time!" – Teresa Wats
...more
Kindle Edition
Published by Telemachus Press (first published November 19th 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Dark Side of Sunset Pointe, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Barb Yes, a second one is out. Flight of the Tarantula Hawk - A Lance Underphal Mystery
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.87  · 
Rating details
 ·  190 ratings  ·  87 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
"Book, you have the right to a speedy trial" review

THE DEFENSE

- Author makes some stylistic risks that pay off - Chapters being written in both first-and-third person points of view was a nice change of pace, as was the chapters not being told in chronological order.

- Conversations between Lance and his dead wife are mostly entertaining - The ghost of Lance's wife is a charming character... unfortunately, she's also the only interesting one, which brings us to...

THE PROSECUTION

- All the
...more
Dianne
Welcome to the dark side of life with Michael Allan Scott’s DARK SIDE OF SUNSET POINTE, a supernatural thriller that is both disturbing and intriguing at the same time. Be prepared for the unexpected as a freelance photographer, destroyed by his wife’s death makes a connection to the other side of the veil to actually “see” the crime occur. Is Lance Underphal losing his mind from the grief of losing his wife or are his visions real? Can he convince authorities to hear him out, to act on the clue ...more
Russell .
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some time I’ve been wanting to get to Scott’s Lance Underphal series. It was worth the wait! A splendidly spun story about an enigmatic photojournalist struggling with a new found purpose. What Scott does to amp the plot is genius—switching from the protagonist (Lance) to multiple other characters. By spinning such a well told story only makes me want to read more in the series. An excellent book that should be on your reading list!
Laura Belgrave
I really didn't know much about Michael Allan Scott's "Dark Side of Sunset Pointe" until I dug in, because it had been referred to me by a fellow reader who knows I love mystery novels. But the author's novel goes beyond merely mystery (although there's a lot of that) and more into the dark side of the human mind.

The main character, Lance Underphal, is a photographer who practices his skill largely at crime scenes on a freelance basis. He's lucky he has one solid journalist who relies on him, be
...more
Julie
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dark Side of Sunset Pointe- A Lance Underphal Mystery by Michael Allan Scott is a 2012 Telemachus Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mike Rodriquez and his partner have been working on a developmental deal named Sunset Pointe. Rodriquez is a big time wheeler dealer operating just on the border of legal and illegal practices. The problem is Sunset Pointe is in bad shape money wise. When Mike is found murdered and his secretary is shot and left i
...more
Rachel Thompson
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Scott's book starts out with a bang. Literally. He hooks you in right away so the book seems at first to be a normal 'who done it' kind of mystery. Keep reading.

He introduces many characters (all interesting with their own quirks) who were involved with the murdered man. And it gets better! There's this old guy (not your typical hero character) who takes crime scene photos, who also happens to have psychic powers having to do with the crimes he's photographing. This is the most interesting twist
...more
Tony Parsons
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
8/21/2009, Phoenix, AZ. MJR construction trailer had pulled in & the construction crew was about to start on their next major project Sunset Pointe ($30 million).
The groundbreaking ceremony was underway.
Michael “Mike” J. Rodriguez (MJR partner), & Gary Whiting (business partner) were shaking hands.

Others in attendance are: Constance “Connie” Rodriguez (Mike’s wife), Martin Fellman (1st Community Bank loan officer), Diane Telafano (Mike’s mistress), Lenny Kantor (Lion’s Den Gentlemen’s
...more
L
Amazon refers to Underphal, our mystery pursuing photographer as "a damaged psychic." Talk about your understatement! All of us who read mysteries are used to damaged detectives. They drink too much. The are estranged from the people they love. Underphal puts all of them to shame. I don't know that there actually is anyone in Underphal's life from whom he might be estranged. He is way beyond drinking too much. He is so f___ed up (and the implied profanity is the only word that works) that he has ...more
Rita
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very impressed with this book. It was a wonderful read. I love the paranormal part of this book. It was just the right amount to be believable. The author has a great imagination. The characters are unforgettable too. I am now looking into more works from this author.
Connie
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have read any of the reviews on this story, then you are amply forearmed with the knowledge that the violence and language may not be for every reader – no point in going on about a fraction of the book’s appeal for me! I do like my mysteries violent and Scott does not disappoint. What drew me to the series, however, was the quirkiness of a supernaturally afflicted degenerate of an antihero. You cannot sympathize with Underphal, nor should you want to. Go along for the ride and immerse yo ...more
Dolly
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very intense. Actually too intense for me, but OMG what a wild adrenaline packed rush! Highly recommended for those with the grit to read it!
Fanna
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dark Side Of Sunset Pointe is a murder mystery sprinkled with some paranormal bits and topped with a real character—a delight.


Lance Underphal, a widower, decided there’s nothing left for him to do apart from being a talented, lazy photographer without an ambition. His life seemed like it had stopped, nothing and no one motivating him to go further, except his dead wife. Until one day when Mike Rodriguez is found dead along with his bookkeeper. Lance rushes to the crime scene as a mere news phot
...more
Deirdre Yuill
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first foray into books by the author - It took me a while to get used to the jumps back and forth in time in each chapter, and the different writing styles - 1st person for the main character, Lance Underphal, and 3rd person for everyone else - but once I had sussed this out I thoroughly enjoyed this dark murder detective story.

Mr Scott presents Lance as a damaged character with psychic powers- broken by the death of his wife Sonja, who still talks to him and helps him understand and
...more
Crystal
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book starts of with action (which I love). At the beginning the murder takes place and things completely spiral out of control. There are so many suspects it’s hard to pinpoint the actual killer I was completely confused. The author does a terrific job at painting the picture so vividly that there were no details that were left out. I felt like I could visually walk through this story. I connected with the character Lance and felt his frustration as he struggles with his psychic ability and ...more
Linda Hughes
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this novel by Michael Allan Scott. As a sideline, it concerns the economic turndown that wiped out a lot of home buyers and developers, and immoral developers who get in over their heads. There’s also a lot of murder mystery involved, combined with paranormal abilities. If you enjoy these themes, then you will enjoy this book. I don’t want to get into spoilers, so that’s the most I will say about the plot. Suffice to say that the characters are well rounded and believable. The ...more
Liz Terek
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Mike Rodriquez or ‘Big Mike’ as he’s known lives a fast paced life of excess. Sunset Pointe is a developmental deal that he & his partner, Gary Whiting, have been working on. Unfortunately, Sunset Pointe is also hemorrhaging money. Living life the way Mike does brings a lot of money, but it also brings a lot of enemies. When Mike is shot to death while entertaining his bookkeeper after hours, it comes as no surprise to anyone. Detective Frank Salmon is on the case & so finds there are e
...more
Barbara
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I don’t read much crime fiction, so this is a bit outside my usual genre, but I did enjoy it. The story is fast-paced, the characters are believable and the psychic twist added a whole other dimension. Going to try the next one now...
Tanya Watt
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dark Side of Sunset Pointe is a story within a story!

You will meet a lot of interesting characters as you follow Lance Underphal & Detective Salmon as they hunt for the killer. I didn’t care for Detective Salmon at first, he’s critical and needs to smile more. But as I got deeper into the story, I realized why he was that way, and started to like him and Lance’s strange relationship.

Lance is not your usual main character, he’s depressed, needs a shower, and the only person he likes to talk
...more
Billi Tiner
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dark Side of Sunset Point is a suspense thriller with some paranormal elements. The lead character, Lance Underphal, is not your typical leading man. He’s a middle-aged, overweight, slob who is being visited by images of violence and the voice of his dead wife. The story has plenty of action and plot twists to keep the reader interested. Author Michael Allen Scott does an excellent job of setting up the scenes and drawing us into the images that flash through Underphal’s mind. The story is well ...more
Jaylyn Styles
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It started off with a bang not a whimper, this book is action packed which I totally love. If you're looking for a thrill ride you won't get disappointed with this one, the pages just flew by because of the mystery and thrill i'm feeling. I give credit on how Scott wrote this book with such great writing skill. I totally got hooked from start to finish. I can't explain how imaginative the writing is that it's so vivid I can picture out the scenes really happening in my head. I also commend the a ...more
Annette
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author and after reading just a few lines was hooked. Big Mike, high rolling real estate developer, lives large until it all goes south. Lance Underhill, a part time crime scene photographer, unwilling physic, has captured a double exposed picture of a pickup over a man in his den that were definitely not part of the scene. Now with visions of the pickup and people dying, Lance has to figure out how to cope with the visions and the police have to find the truck.

I p
...more
Carol Stanley-Snow
RECEIVED FREE THROUGH GOODREADS FIRST READS.

I enjoyed this read - mostly. I found it difficult to follow the 'jumping' from one time to another, via each chapter. Once i figured out what was going on...it was a breeze.

Lance the 'seer' is a great character. You can almost feel his pain with each vision. And, your heart aches for his loss (his wife).

In the end, he does what he's supposed to do and all is good with his world.

Again, i enjoyed this read and didn't mind going down the rabbit hole with
...more
Diane Stein
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading my client's book and loved it! Scott kept me guessing which is not easy to do! Looking forward to Lance's next "adventure".
Joni Martins
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Review

Basic Details:
Book Title: Dark Side of Sunset Pointe
Subtitle: (Lance Underphal Mystery #1)
Author: Michael Allan Scott
Genre: Mystery/paranormal
Part of a series? Yes
Order in series: 1
Best read after earlier books in series? No
Available: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
Overall score:
I scored this book 5/5
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Short Summary of the book:
This book tells the story of a middle-aged photographer whose life has gone down to the drain. Lance is on the fast road to self-destruction and hi
...more
Robert Browning
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dark thriller about Lance a Psychic photographer.
This is my first book by this author and read it by chance, but glad that I did.
Ait is a suspense mystery thriller about a down trodden psychic photographer Lance Underphal who uses his newly obtained skills despite barely hanging onto his sanity and using his skills and ability talking to Sonja his lost love of his life his wife. Lance is brought into assist and help a very sceptical at first detective Salmon who desperately wants to put the k
...more
J Young
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense psychic thriller!

Everybody talks to their wife right? But what if she's dead and she talks back - does that mean you're crazy? Lance Underphal tried medication but Sonja tells him you can't cure hypochondria and ESP.

When Lance reports to the site of the MJR Development Group at Sunset Pointe to photograph a homicide scene for the Valley Free Press his psychic ability kicks in big-time. Suddenly he is seeing the murder - the auras, the violence - while trying to nonchalantly take picture
...more
Alan Bumstead
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard Life of a Hero -Unputdownable!!!

I've discovered a new down troden hero! Lance Underphal doesn't know the good life, he's barely hanging in there, while plumbing the depths of despair after losing his wife and soul mate Sonja....no that's not a spoiler, the story isn't about that episode. Lance treads a very convoluted and precarious path to redemption, if you can truly call it that, taking him very close to the edge of sanity and reason, probably to knife edge of his life!

Michael Allen Scot
...more
Christine Lowe
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Psychic Photographer?

I'm impressed that Mr Scott was careful to issue a new reader warning in the table of contents for Dark Side of Sunset Pointe.
The language is strong and sex and violence are present. If you get offended, just remember, you were given fair warning.

With that out of the way, I'll get to the review. I like mysteries and this one was pretty good. I was a couple chapters in and realized it's important to pay attention to the time and date at the beginning of each chapter becaus
...more
Rhonda Holle
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this ebook immensely that I read with KOBO. I received this edition for free.
Lance Underphal is a good guy but right now he is a slob and having migraines which do not help his situation. Plagued by these visions during his migraines he is miserable. There are a lot of bad people out there and people are getting killed by a serial killer. This is a different kind of storyline I have not seen before, and it is interesting and thrilling. The pace is fast and the character development
...more
Barb
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends
Recommended to Barb by: Friend
Buckle your seatbelt! This is one amazing read full of twists and turns. A down and out photographer has debilitating migraines which begin to manifest into messages from the grave. His wife Sonja who is deceased is guiding her husband Lance in helping him to solve a murder mystery through his work as a photographer for a local newspaper. His encounters with the seedy types through his psychic visions lead the reader down a white knuckle ride. Every time you may think you know "who done it," thi ...more
« previous 1 3 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
99 cent Bestsellers: 99 cents 7/31 - 8/6 1 4 Jul 31, 2015 12:27PM  
99 cent Bestsellers: Controversy Over "Style" 23 27 Mar 15, 2015 10:51AM  
Indie Book Club: Controversy Over "Style" 1 14 Mar 08, 2015 11:17AM  
MYSTERY NOVELS B...: Controversy Over "Style" 1 5 Mar 08, 2015 11:09AM  
Connecting Reader...: Controversy Over "Style" 1 11 Mar 08, 2015 10:59AM  
Goodreads Authors...: Controversy over "style" 1 20 Mar 08, 2015 10:28AM  
Sisterhood of the...: DARK SIDE OF SUNSET by Michael Allan Scott 16 14 Jul 26, 2014 11:45AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Huaca
  • Entombed (Gravediggers, #3)
  • The Archived SNEAK PEEK (The Archived, #1)
  • Girls & Monsters
  • Dog Walker
  • An Infidel in Paradise
  • The Color of Greed (Raja Williams #1)
  • Ghost Trackers
  • Nightsiders
  • Path Unchosen (Daughter of Ravenswood #1)
  • The Genesis Code
  • The Taming of Serge Dumont (Bloodlust, #2 )
  • Cliff of the Ruin
  • Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter
  • The Secret Gospel of Ireland: The Untold Story of How Science and Democracy Descended from a Remarkable Form of Christianity That Developed in Ancient Ireland
  • Red Hot Dragon (Dragon Heat, #2)
  • Countdown to Zero Hour (Black Ops: Automatik #1)
  • Open Heart (Open Skies #4)
See similar books…
316 followers
An indie author/entrepreneur, Michael Allan Scott was born and raised at the edge of the high desert in Kingman, Arizona. He resides in Scottsdale with his wife, Cynthia and their rescue Doberman, Roxie. When asked about time spent in solitary confinement in a Maricopa felony block, Scott said, “Some things are better left a mystery.” Yet he admits to drawing on life’s darker experiences to create ...more