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Publication Order of Neil Gulliver & Stevie Marriner Books

The Elvis and Marilyn Affair (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The James Dean Affair (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The John Lennon Affair (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hot Paint (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stardom Affair (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Ask a Dead Man (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where the Lies Begin (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Key of Death (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor in Us All (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Rhumba in Waltz Time (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Phony Tinsel (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finders, Keepers, Losers, Weepers (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Evil Deeds We Do (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tap Dance: A Tall Tale of the Wild West (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Weeds (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reserved for a Friend (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl in the Golden Gown (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ending We Deserve (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suitable For Framing (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead Detective (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rosalie Marx is Missing (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Pomegranate Catalog Books

The Reliance Building (With: Jay Pridmore,Hedrich Blessing) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rookery (By: Jay Pridmore) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Angling Toward Paradise (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Show Biz: Sex, Sin & Seduction (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Adventures of Augie Fowler (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Orange County Noir(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love and Other Distractions(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coast to Coast: Murder from Sea to Shining Sea(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Robert S. Levinson is a bestselling author with an extensive career in journalism and television. The author is best known for his mystery/thriller novels.


Robert S. Levinson was born in New York, though it was in Los Angeles that the author was raised. As the oldest of five children, Robert often enjoyed the attention of his father.

Robert’s father was a cab driver but he had the soul of a writer, and he wasn’t afraid to pursue his dreams. Not only did the man write in his spare time but he also took a debt to buy a typewriter.

His father’s decision to teach him meant that Robert could type by the time he was ten. The author’s love for writing and storytelling manifested soon after. According to Robert, while he was not exactly dead set on producing fiction, he remembers always wanting to write something.

And he always found outlets for his gift. The most notable was the newspaper Robert would produce for his neighbors. Not only would Robert S. Levinson go through the difficulty of producing the one-page newspaper but he also went all over his street and block distributing the copies to anyone and everyone he came across.

In school, Robert was commonplace in his Junior and High school newspapers. He even got to produce a few sports pieces for the Los Angeles Examiner which is presently defunct.

A student of the University of California (Los Angeles), no one was especially surprised when the author became a reporter. Though, for all the journalistic enthusiasm he manifested as a child, it was definitely a surprise when Robert abandoned the field in favor of going into Public Relations.

Robert S. Levinson has never done anything half-heartedly. He excelled in the PR field and even opened his own firm in 1965. The author went on to garner fame for his company’s involvement in Rock and contemporary music.

Robert got to work with legends like Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Despite this success, Robert never stopped writing. He snuck into the entertainment landscape and proceeded to write and produce several dozen television award shows.

At the time, no one knew that Robert S. Levinson’s dream was to write a novel. One wonders whether Robert himself realized it. It was hard to keep a lid on the dream once it finally manifested.

When Robert decided to give the publishing arena his focus, he abandoned everything else. And he never regretted the decision, kicking things off with a crime novel called ‘The Elvis and Marilyn Affair’ that attracted rave reviews.

Robert’s entry into the publishing wasn’t without its challenges. Unlike so many aspiring authors, he had plenty of professional authors he could consult, and they all encouraged him to write what he knew.

That was fortuitous for Robert who had amassed a lot of unique and thought-provoking experiences during his music and PR career. Robert wanted to produce a mainstream novel that centered on Rock and Roll.

His literary agent at the time encouraged him to pursue mystery and thrillers instead. For Robert, that meant going out of his comfort zone and doing actual research into notable crime fiction authors with the aim of studying their methods and techniques.

It was slow work but Robert finally got the hang of things. The books produced by Robert S. Levinson’s hard work were not all well received by critics. But the public loved them.

While Robert sometimes got carried away with the complexity of his plots, Critics appreciated the effort he injected into giving his stories actual substance.

Robert attributes his success to his father who taught him how to type and instilled in him a passion for writing and telling stories. The author also appreciates the efforts of his Junior High and High School journalism teachers who nurtured his writing talents and ushered him down the path to publishing success.

Robert also never forgets to make mention of the Los Angeles Examiner which gave him his first real shot. The author admits that he began writing mysteries because his agent told him that was the best way to break into the publishing field.

However, over the years, Robert has gained a love and appreciation for the genre, if only for the fact that, in researching it, he came across so many notable authors that fascinate him.

Robert S. Levinson has no patience for aspiring authors who keep talking about writing but never actually sit down to write. According to Robert, there is no place for wishful thinking in the publishing field. If you cannot commit to learning your craft and putting what you know into practice by writing, then you will never make it.

Robert writes every single day of the week. If all conditions are favorable, then he will start writing at six-thirty in the morning. The author typically has no end point in mind. He keeps writing until he cannot write anymore.

+The Elvis and Marilyn Affair

Neil Gulliver is a Los Angeles Crime reporter with a mystery on his hands. A movie director from the Golden Age of Hollywood has been murdered and all eyes are on Stevie Marriner.

A sex symbol and star on the Soaps landscape, if Stevie wants to avoid jail time, she must look to her ex-husband for help.

Neil is certain that he can prove Stevie’s innocence if he can just dig into and reveal the truth about Elvis Presley and his rumored affair with Marilyn Monroe.

Robert S. Levinson makes effective use of his insider knowledge by writing a mystery centered on Hollywood and which features real people. Even though the Marilyn and Elvis affair is featured in the synopsis of this book, it is merely the backdrop for a cloak and dagger story set at a senior living community where movie stars go to retire.

+The James Dean Affair

When Natalie Wood, Nick Adams, and Sal Mineo suffer accidental deaths, Neil Gulliver’s interest is piqued. Along with his ex-wife Stevie Marriner, Neil cannot ignore the fact that all three victims were co-stars of James Dean in the movie ‘Rebel Without a Cause’.

Neil’s investigation of the murder leads him to query whether James Dean’s firey death decades ago could have been murder. In asking all the right questions, Neil attracts all the wrong attention and it isn’t long before the death threats begin to descend.

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