- In Platinum Blues, Oliver Gulliver is a small-town lawyer in northern California, and he’s slowly going broke. He’s a plodder and a dreamer, has never tested himself in a big trial, and is immensely protective of his two teenage girls. His very attractive 18-year-old returns home from San Francisco, where she had been seeking a modeling career, dragging home with her a once-famous, now burnt-out and alcoholic rock star, C.C. Gilley. They’re in love. Oliver is utterly shocked and dismayed. It’s like having a dope-smoking extraterrestrial in the trailer in the back yard, living with his daughter. But a quirky friendship develops as Gilley accepts Oliver’s dare to go cold turkey. Working in the backyard Winnebago, with guitar and portable recording studio, Gilley begins writing songs — a comeback album. But the tune of his love song to Oliver’s daughter (“Small-Town Girl”) gets stolen, and begins to get major airplay from a new band that a major label is pushing. Armed with an opinion from a music expert, Oliver finds himself in Los Angeles, tackling the big boys, suing a billion-dollar record company for plagiarism. He discovers he has a folksy talent that captures not only the admiration of the public, but that of the courts. He wins a temporary restraining order, and survives efforts to sabotage his case. This legal thriller captures the inside story of the music business as well as the arcane issue of copyright.
William Deverell is the recipient of the Arthur Ellis Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize.
Published: October 2003
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.