The current profession of P.G. Sturges sounds like something straight out of one of dad’s Golden Age screwball comedies. When not writing novels, Preston Sturges‘ 57-year-old son works for the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Corona as a “dimensional metrologist.”
Even though P.G. has come late to the family game with Shortcut Man, a debut detective novel published February 1st, there are already plans for two sequels. In this opening gambit, problem-solving protagonist Dick Henry is hired to ferret out the man sleeping with a porn producer’s wife. The catch is that the philanderer is Henry himself. From David Ulin‘s weekend interview piece in the LA Times:
Sturges first wrote the [Shortcut Man] story as a screenplay in the mid-1990s. He’d been trying to make it in the screen trade for nearly a decade at that point, since the end of his naval service in 1985…
“To me,” Sturges says, “being a writer is one of the great professions because you have to bring your full self to bear… I have a great ambition within me. Dad died when he was , so I look at that as a benchmark. There are happy, hopeful days.”
Preston died when P.G. was just six-years-old, so the latter has come to know dad through his classic movies. Bittersweet, to say the least.