While writing the biography of a deceased international Asian megastar whose death was ruled an accident, a former street reporter battles a powerful Asian crime syndicate when he discovers that the celebrity was murdered and that his widow, under the threat of death, has become an accomplice in the murder cover-up and the victim of extortion. Although Bleecker has many nonfiction book credits (including The Bruce Lee Story that he co-wrote with Lee’s widow Linda Lee), Tea Money, which is a mystery-suspense thriller inspired by true events, is his first novel. On reading the screenplay version, acclaimed actor Peter Strauss commented, “I thoroughly enjoyed the material. I do believe the Asian underworld is a rich cinematic plateau. And the script had a nice Chinatown and Jake Gittes character feel.”
About the Author
Tom Bleecker (WGA) began his writing career in 1970 under the mentorship of Oscar winning screenwriter and director Blake Edwards and continued writing television and film for Edwards for 15 years. During that time frame, Tom Bleecker also wrote for actor William Shatner, as well as several television companies and major film studios. After writing for screen and television for nearly 30 years, Tom Bleecker coauthored his first book with Linda Lee (“The Bruce Lee Story”), which was published in July 1988 and used as the foundational material for Universal’s feature film “DRAGON.”
Several books followed, including Tom Bleecker’s controversial second book on Bruce Lee, “Unsettled Matters,” which became a bestseller and is considered by many to be the most informative book ever written on the legendary martial arts icon; “The Journey” (foreword by noted biographer Joe Hyams); and “Inside U: How to Become a Master of Your Own Destiny” by Grandmaster Byong Yu, Ph.D., with Tom Bleecker (Hay House Publishers, August 2003) and, published in 2007, “Conquest over Hatred: the Donnie Williams Story,” which has been featured on Pat Robertson’s “700 Club” and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). Tom Bleecker’s most current film “The Jacket” starring Academy Award winner Adrian Brody and Keira Knightly was released through Warner Brothers in March 2005.
In addition to writing for film and television, Tom Bleecker is available as an author of books and book proposals, both with an author’s credit and as a ghostwriter.