About Lowlifes


San Francisco Detective Larry Hayes thinks he's hit bottom when he wakes up in an alley after a bad trip with no memory of the last four hours. This is only the beginning of his problems. Two blocks away, Hayes' informant, a homeless man named Noble Jon, lies dead, beaten and stabbed. The eerie pangs of guilt seep into Hayes. Is he Jon's killer? The mounting evidence says so. 

Hayes story is told in the novella... but not in the videos!

The video series tells the story of Lauren Ortega a private eye hired to find dirt on Hayes in a child custody battle. But the more she uncovers the more she doubts her clients.

And who's her client? Jennifer Hayes, the detective's ex-wife. Her story unfolds online in her blog,

Transmedia Storytelling

Lowlifes is a new kind of entertainment experience that uses what's known as "transmedia storytelling" - it's a novella, a video series, a blog and a game! What's cool is that each media - book, video, blog, game - can all be enjoyed in their own right and neither is an adaptation of something else. That means the more you read or watch the greater the pleasure!

Lowlifes is set in San Francisco's Tenderloin District - the seedy part of an otherwise beautiful city. It's home to hundreds of homeless, ill and disenfranchised people that have nowhere else to go and no support network.

Against this real world environment, Lowlifes tells the story of a fictional homicide detective, Larry Hayes. Hayes is a decorated cop with a drug addiction. He wakes from a drug-induced blackout in an alley two blocks from where his informant has been killed just 2 hours ago. Hayes' story is told in the novella.

Hayes ex-wife, Jennifer Hayes, is fighting for custody of their daughter and her story is told online in a blog. Jennifer Hayes hires a female private eye, Lauren Ortega, to find dirt on Hayes to use in the custody battle and Ortega's story is told in the video series.

Around these three core narratives is another sub-plot told via QR or "quick response" codes found in the paperback and the Kindle version of the novella. Scan them with a mobile phone and new content will be revealed - again adding further depth to the story and not repeating what you may already know.

Last but not least, a secret online game exists for those that take the time to explore Lowlifes online. Crime mystery readers who are fans of the James Patterson's The Women's Murder Club computer games will enjoy helping Lauren Ortega get hired in the puzzle-solving prequel!

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