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The Glass Alibi is an adaptation of the screenplay
‘North Beach Private Eye”
written by
John Burns

• The Glass Alibi •
                        John F. Burns III

The life of Private Eye Nick Sloan couldn’t have been more complicated.  
Work had been so slow his office was growing cobwebs. It looked like a lucky 
break when a bombshell named Elizabeth Burton showed up, handed him a story of 
woe and misery and an envelope filled with ample evidence to support her claims.

But Sloan figured that since the Burton gal had allowed herself to be swindled out of 
so many millions, money was no object.  He also figured all the cards weren’t on the table. 

Her bruises were as real as her ten thousand dollar retainer, especially since five 
grand was cash. Back in 1982 that was a lot of cabbage.

It seemed to Sloan, getting the dirt on her business partners would be easy. One 
was a hugely successful real estate tycoon. It was even easier to find the man who 
raped Elizabeth but he didn’t have much to tell because he was already dead.
There was one person of interest who was responsible for setting up the 
assault on his client, but Betty had vanished. No one including her lover 
had the slightest clue as to what happened to Betty.

Roads to evidence were followed but they all ended up on blind alleys 
and dead end streets. Sloan was as frustrated as the cops especially 
when Betty’s lover, also a cop, was found murdered.

Sloan was convinced that whoever was pulling the strings 
was hiding in plain sight but no matter where he looked 
a dead body got in the way.

In the spirit of true Noir, this mystery 
shows no aversion to love triangles and 
double crosses but adds other old favorites such 
as embezzlement, kidnapping and extortion. 

Even back in 1982, it demonstrates that punishment for any crime is easily avoided when you have all the money in the world and an air tight 
alibi.  It’s a story where the horror of one murder hints at the darkest side of humor and would be better if left unsolved, and the bad guys 
could easily escape unless Sloan can put one and one together or everlasting love is what wins out in the end.

Author John Burns preparing the release of
his debut novel for Fall 2019.