99 Miles from L.A.

P. David Ebersole

Frank, a frustrated singer-turned-music professor finds himself entangled in a love affair with Shelley, a highly-educated, unhappily married woman.

Jonesing to quit his teaching gig, Frank jumps at the chance to implement his new girlfriend's scheme to steal the skimmed-cash treasure from her marijuana business tycoon husband. Feeling they need a third, she introduces him to Ramon, her go-to bartender, armed with a nomadic upbringing and a gun from behind the register, who likewise is all in. But Shelley's well-thought-out heist gets more complicated when the two men find themselves impossibly drawn to one another.

Hiding out in Palm Springs—99 miles from L.A.—Frank and Ramon team up in more ways than one, breaking promises not to reunite before Shelley can escape the watchful eye of her husband's colleagues after the brutal crime succeeds. With a trunk full of money and the aphrodisiac of lawlessness urging them on, was lust morphing towards love? Or was there a deeper plan in place between these three desperate partners, each of them scratching at their last chance for freedom from a failing American dream?

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P. David Ebersole is an American television director and independent filmmaker, working in both narrative and documentary. Born and raised in Hollywood, he is the son of a psychologist and his step-father was the City Editor of the Los Angeles Times.

He began his film career as a child actor, playing the lead in the musical JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (1978), which also co-starred Paula Abdul. Stepping behind the camera, he earned his MFA winning AFI's Franklin J. Schaffner award for best film/best director for his student thesis project, DEATH IN VENICE, CA (1994).

He directed the boxing film STRAIGHT RIGHT (2000) and two prime time telenovelas, DESIRE (2006) and WICKED WICKED GAMES (2007) starring Tatum O’Neal. He was co-producer of the HBO original film, STRANGER INSIDE (2001) and the independent film THE NEW WOMEN (2001) starring Mary Woronov.

He directed and edited his first theatrically released documentary HIT SO HARD (2012) about drummer Patty Schemel of the seminal grunge band Hole. Along with his husband and business partner Todd Hughes, he is Executive Producer of the subjective documentary ROOM 237 (2012), and DEAR MOM, LOVE CHER (2013), which he also directed. The duo co-directed and produced MANSFIELD 66/67 (2017) about the last two years of Jayne Mansfield’s life, the award-winning HOUSE OF CARDIN (2019), and MY NAME IS LOPEZ (2021) about trailblazing Latino rock and roller Trini Lopez.

This is his first novel.