Private Investigator Van Trillo is also a ventriloquist. He uses his wooden partner, Sam Suede, to interrogate suspects. This tends to unnerve and disorient them, causing them to divulge information unwillingly and unwittingly.
Trillo is about to leave England for his native New York City when he gets a desperate call for help from his old flame, the beautiful yet struggling English actress, Chloe Lake. She has received anonymous death threats, and is terrified.
Trillo and Suede soon find themselves stranded with Chloe in an old, remote, creepy inn, located near the village of World’s End, England. One by one, several of the various eccentric guests at the inn are murdered during the stormy night. Each of the surviving guests quickly becomes a suspect when possible motives are brought to light under Trillo and Suede’s clever ventriloquial questioning.
Through all this, Trillo is struggling with his suspicion that his ventriloquial skills have breathed life into Suede, who now seems able to talk without Trillo’s assistance. Strangely, though, Suede only seems to do this when he and Trillo are alone. Will Trillo and Suede catch the crafty, mad and elusive murderer before they are murdered as well – and before Trillo goes totally mad himself?
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I actually shot the trailer first, several years ago, in the basement of my house. The novel came later. I had written a screenplay version of the narrative that would eventually become this novel. it features the ventriloquist/detective duo of Van Trillo and his wooden partner, Sam Suede. Since I am one of the world’s pre-eminent ventriloquists, I intended to play the role of Trillo in the movie, or actually a series of movies.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Having written a few feature film screenplays featuring the ventriloquist/dummy detective duo of Trillo & Suede, I’ve tried for the past fourteen years to find funding to produce them as independent films. Several times the funding seemed to be nearly in my grasp, only to see it disappear each time into the Indie Film Makers’ Twilight Zone. While the Village Sleeps is a novelization of one of those screenplays. I think it works very well as a novel. I hope you agree. I plan to rework several other Trillo & Suede screenplays into novels and e-publish them as well.
I’m a professional ventriloquist, as well as a pianist, screenwriter, Yiddish teacher and a few other things.