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

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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
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Published by Telemachus Press (first published November 19th 2012)
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- 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...


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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
Leslie Swartz
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd planned on reading this over the course of the week, but once I opened it, I couldn't put it down. I got lost in the realistic characters and the setting that, while super dark, was totally recognizable. No spoilers, but if you like thrillers and mysteries (and don't get offended easily) check this out. You won't regret it.
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
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
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 Club own
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
I just finished this one. An interesting read with lots of twists and even a psychic in the mix. Haha
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 enough su
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 to i
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
Carol Stanley-Snow

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 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
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
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
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 a
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
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 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
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
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
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