Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Lynne Barrett

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Les Standiford

Third Advisor's Name

Bruce Harvey

Date of Defense



BROKEN HEROES is a mystery novel set in the modem day Southern California rock music scene. The protagonist is Declan St. James, 35, an alcoholic ex-musician and frustrated music journalist who, with friend and former bandmate, Stevie Richards, investigates the mysterious death of mentor Art Schulman. The search ultimately leads them to PowerTrash, a cult favorite band which, years earlier, suffered a mysterious death of its own. The novel is told in Declan's first-person voice looking back on these events. Like A.S. Byatt's Possession, the book uses the study of artists and their work to connect past and present storylines and ultimately rewrite history. And like Erskine Childers's classic spy novel, The Riddle of the Sands, the novel employs an amateur detective called to action for his special skills.




Only an excerpt of the novel has been made available.

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