When you’re covered in mud, running from men with guns, and stuck in small spaces with very little clothing on, it’s amazing what you can learn about a person.

Steven Quintana was once a top Army Ranger reconnaissance photographer until he made a fatal mistake on a mission. A boy was killed, and Steven’s military career was cut short—all because of a photo he took.

Now he works as a paparazzo in Hollywood where his photos can’t hurt anybody, the money is easy, and he can forget the past.

But when mega movie star Julia Travers is kidnapped, Steven discovers the kidnappers used photos he took to cover up the crime. Realizing that he’s still harming people with his camera, he swears to fix his mistake, Rambo-style.

But—life or death situation or not—the last person Julia wants coming to her rescue is the paparazzo whose photos got her into trouble in the first place. Their adventure together redefines the phrases “opposites attract,” “unlikely heroes,” and “eye-opening experiences.”

THE PICTURE KILLS is a fun, fresh, sexy, snappy, fast-paced thriller that starts in celebrity-obsessed Hollywood and climaxes in the exotic and remote cays of the Bahamas.


A fun read! - 5.0 out of 5 stars

This is a page turner! The writing style is clean and fast paced putting the reader right there at every moment of this suspense thriller. A great book to escape into and ignore all the other things you should be doing. I look forward to the next book!
— By CB - December 20, 2013
Great Action Thriller - 4.0 out of 5 stars.

I agree with the other reviewers. This is a fun thriller with the added value of giving great insight to the entertainment industry. I also like the survival tips you learn throughout. The lead female was specific and strong so I really liked that as well. I definitely recommend for any fan of action thrillers and anyone who wants an inside look at film making.
— By Lorena David - August 20, 2013
Made me late for work! - 5.0 out of 5 stars.

When I picked up the book this morning to read a little more (I was just past the halfway point) I got so engrossed that I just kept reading..and ended up late for work! I should remove a star for that, but I won’t. Great good guys and great bad guys in a story that’s off the beaten path. The author’s background in the film/TV business shows through, with details and descriptions that ring true and bring the setting to life.
— By By Rov - June 6, 2013


Donald “Ian” Bull grew up in San Francisco and attended UC Berkeley, and then UCLA Film School. He is a successful TV producer who has worked on The Real World, The Osbournes, and Dr. 90210.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Robin, and daughter, Lily. He’s been caught, on more than one occasion, following his favorite ladies around, and writing down all the hilarious things they say—which is why he writes women so well.

He loves his family first, writing second, and California third. He’d like to be mayor of San Francisco or Los Angeles some day, but his wife won’t let him enter politics.

The Picture Kills is his first thriller.

Look for the sequel: Six Passengers, Five Parachutes, coming in 2015!