|High Society, Secret & Scandal
San Fransicans gather for a weekend of competitive frolic
It’s the social event of the season, this summer weekend in 1938 at Waterfalls, the Santa Cruz summer estate of San Francisco millionaires Chester and Lily Moreland. The occasion is their daughter Abigail’s fortieth birthday. Family members and guests arrive, bringing along with them their sporting togs and formal wear, their desires and ambitions, and their fair share of shameful secrets. They play games: golf, cards, pool, horseshoes, and one-upmanship. They drink and they dance, they gossip and squabble, they indulge in sneaky love affairs. It’s all good fun among the upper set until long-hidden family secrets are revealed, and the dark past crashes the party.…
Beneath the Third Waterfall is part bedroom farce, part novel of manners, part mystery, and all entertainment.
Bradford Dillman spent 40 years performing on stage, screen, and television. He won a Cannes Film Festival award for his role in “Compulsion,” and he appeared as a guest star in a record eight episodes of the television program “Murder, She Wrote.” According to the brief biography on IMDB, “Dark-haired, Ivy League-looking Bradford Dillman, whose white-collar career spanned nearly five decades, possessed charm and confident good looks… and [an] edgy countenance that often provoked suspicion.” In 1993 he retired from acting to devote himself to writing. Beneath the Third Waterfall is his sixth book. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Praise for the novels of Bradford Dillman
Are You Anybody?
“Steeped in humor delivered with deft timing,
it is an endearing gem.” (Booklist)
“Most readers will finish this charming book by answering Dillman’s question [Are You Anybody?] with a resounding ‘yes’.”(Publishers Weekly)
That Air Forever Dark
“Dillman knows how to write a novel that rises above traditional pulp fiction and flows more smoothly than anything Tom Clancy is capable of producing. Characters are well rounded, while the adventure maintains a sense of realism that makes it all the more exciting.” (Fearless Books)
“From the clever cover to the surprise ending, it is suitable for public libraries of all sizes.”(Library Journal