Pit: A Leo Van Cleef Novel

Pit: A Leo Van Cleef Novel by Michael P. Naughton

What Leo Van Cleef discovers will lead him from the pit of his stomach and his own animal instinct to the pit of hell.

January 13, 2023 | 348 pages



Canine homicide is not the best way to kick off the New Year for Los Angeles Homicide Detective Leo “Lee” Van Cleef, especially after the recent loss of his own 18 year old German Shepherd named Bogart. But when Van Cleef is called out to investigate the mauling of a Hollywood actress in Malibu, duty calls and the motive initially points to her husband, a prominent, philandering Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon living beyond his means. His new partner Dennis Overstreet is certain it’s Murder for Hire. Van Cleef isn’t so sure. To make matters worse, the killer beast he is tracking from the shores of Point Dume leads him to the underground world that the FBI warns him to stay out of. As the case unravels and the body count rises, Van Cleef also discovers an unusual link to a retired LAPD detective friend and his family pit bull. As he tries to link both cases, what he discovers will lead him from the pit of his stomach and his own animal instinct to the pit of hell.








Michael P. Naughton was born in Detroit and lives in Los Angeles. He is a mystery and satire writer who writes in the style of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. He is also a professional musician and screenwriter, and had previously worked for Borders for many years and went on to publish actor Michael Madsen’s poetry and photography under 13 Hands Publications. Michael has also been a judge for the Benjamin Franklin Awards which honor the best in independent publishing, and he was a columnist and contributor to The Beverly Hills Times Magazine. Michael’s book Pit is the first in his Leo Van Cleef police procedural series.

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