Brushed Off

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M. Lee Musgrave

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Brushed-Off paints revealing passages of Los Angeles’ glamorous yet dangerous art scene whose oddball characters draws the reader into the story as a videographer takes his homicide detective friend deep into the lives of passionate collectors, beautiful socialites and zany artists. The threads discovered unravel a tapestry of crime that only an artist could perceive in the glare of so many colors. The twist of a detective using a well-connected artist to investigate leads is the key to this neo-noir thriller of an obsessive killer run-amuck.



Short Summary

Television videographer host, artist James Terra and his married lover Nicole find themselves in a tangled web while searching for the killer of 3 of LA’s hottest artists. Their young friend, emerging socialite Camille, doesn’t know she is the key to the mystery. Detective Rivas ask for James' help.

James, Nicole, Cisco, Camille and Duie engage the killer and his accomplice in a fight and shoot-out that leaves the bad guys dead. James and Nicole move in together, Camille goes to college, and Cisco gets praise from everyone.


Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Coming of Age, Philosophical Questions, Happy Ending,Happy Ending,Other

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Nudity, Substance Abuse,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: James Terra

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Leader, Charming, Complex, Honorable, Adventurous, Decisive, Educated, Engaging, Flexible,Modest,Charming,Educated,Romantic,Honorable,Sophisticated,Complex,Sexy,Decisive,Engaging,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: NIcole

Age: 29

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Beautiful, Charming, Complex, Educated, Engaging, Romantic, Secretive, Seductive,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Romantic,Secretive,Seductive,Educated,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Francisco (Cisco) Rivas

Age: 39

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Confident, Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Aggressive, Blunt, Educated, Masculine, Badass, Decisive,Masculine,Badass,Engaging,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Dr. Brian Mazor

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Blunt, Criminal, Educated, Greedy, Power-hungry, Sarcastic, Villainous,Villainous,Complex,Criminal,Blunt,Empathetic,Greedy,Sarcastic,Secretive,Educated

Development Pitch

Imagine a world where someone is killing famous artists leaving the upper crust elite, city leaders and police struggling to stop the slaughter — only an artist can see the clues. My book & script is called ‘Brushed Off’ and tells the story of how an artist, a homicide detective and an aspiring young female socialite join forces to stop a ruthless killer. The story builds to the final moment when the artist battles-it-out with the killers and is rescued by his lover and detective buddy. The amateur sleuth plot is compelling because it has intrigue, danger, human interest, romance and humor in a contemporary setting that everyone can easily visualize and identify with. It is evocative of Nick and Nora Charles chasing a 21st century thin man around exciting and dangerous Los Angeles.

About The Author

Originally from Australia, M. Lee Musgrave holds a Master of Art degree from CSU, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for Arts Fellowship. His artwork has been in solo and group exhibitions world-wide. As a Professor of Art and curator he organized hundreds of exhibitions involving artists, collectors and a variety of related enthusiast. Those many experiences and his ongoing personal art activities inform his writing about LA’s exciting art community. His first novel, Brushed Off, is available via Black Rose Writing/Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Art community of Los Angeles

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing/Publishing

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available