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A Dangerous Assignment
Watch as lawyer and amateur sleuth Lorenzo Madrid takes a stab at Hollywood and returns to his roots in Oregon.
A semester of teaching immigration law at the UCLA Law School has given Oregon attorney Lorenzo Madrid the change of scene he desperately needed. Gone were the PTSD symptoms brought on by a number of run-ins with members of a drug gang. Gone were the night sweats and an inability to concentrate. A chance encounter with a somewhat sleazy Hollywood producer provides a temporary job as his teaching stint winds down.
What starts as a simple review of actor contracts turns into much more. Before long, he is handling all aspects of production of a low budget movie to be filmed in Oregon. The location is an abandoned sanitarium on the Oregon Coast where he has to deal with a temperamental movie queen—called by her fans “The Queen of the Bs”—her drunken husband—a stuntman, strange incidents on the set—and murder. In the middle of this turmoil, one of his former gang tormentors asks for his help. He says he will talk only to Lorenzo. Should he try to get this man into the Witness Protection, despite the risks? Or, should he cast aside all doubts, because of the valuable information he is offering the government? A dilemma for Lorenzo and a truly dangerous assignment.