Posted on January 3, 2013
The College of Liberal Arts congratulates Tyler Dilts (ENGL) for being Inside CSULB’s Author of the Month for November 2012. His book The Pain Scale (Thomas & Mercer, 2012) is the second in the Danny Beckett series; A Kink of Infinite Space (AmazonEncore, 2010) is the first. Dilts received his M.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach, where he now teaches. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Best American Mystery Stories, and numerous other publications.
Amazon.com’s Description of The Pain Scale
Long Beach homicide detective Danny Beckett returns from a year-long medical leave badly scarred and in constant pain, yet determined to prove he still has what it takes to do the job. He gets his chance when a call comes in that shocks even the toughest guys in the squad room: A California congressman’s daughter-in-law and grandchildren have been brutally murdered in their upscale home. At first glance, it looks like a robbery gone wrong, but Danny’s not so sure. Something doesn’t quite add up. With state and local law enforcement in an uproar and the media circling like vultures, the pressure’s on for Danny and his partner, Jennifer Tanaka, to solve this one. Too much is at stake…and not just politically. Even if they manage to crack the case, there’s no guarantee the stress won’t derail Danny’s recovery. Because while the doctors can treat his physical pain, no one can erase the agony of the past that haunts every step he takes—and threatens to destroy his career once and for all.