I Play One on TV

Down & Out Books, July 2021

Winner, Agatha Award, Best Children’s/YA Mystery
Winner, Anthony Award, Best Children’s/YA

All’s great for sixteen-year-old actor Dalton Black as he portrays a teen killer on a crime reenactment show. That is, until he realizes someone is stalking him. When that someone turns out to be Homer Lee Varney, the man convicted of the murder, things take a dark turn, and Dalton is afraid for his life. What does Varney want? Some sort of twisted revenge? Or something even worse?

Can Dalton and his drama friends discover the truth, before they become the killer’s next victims?

Stay tuned to find out!


“Drama, teen actors and an intriguing mystery rolled together. Fans of Harlan Coben’s Mickey Bolitar series, this one is for you!”
—Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times bestselling author

“Fans of true crime will love this gripping YA thriller, but Orloff also spins a touching tale about growing up and coming to terms with one’s dreams.”
—Richie Narvaez, Agatha- and Anthony Award-winning author

“With snappy dialogue, a high stakes plot, and a teen actor turned detective you’ll root for from the first page, I Play One on TV is a YA thriller you won’t want to miss!”
—Tom Ryan, award winning author

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