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Benny Plays the Blues Paperback – January 5, 2011

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John Wolf, author of Orphan Records, A Dark and Stormy Knight, Harmonics, Of Beryl & Alabaster presents a murder mystery in this latest book. John writes from his home in San Diego, California.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (December 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741457482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741457486
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,132,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Wolf grew up in New Mexico, which was not only the Land of Enchantment, but created a sense of wander as he reached out to search the rest of the world. He lived in American Samoa, Japan, and visited Mexico's interior on adventures on the Omnibus de Mexico. He served in Vietnam as a C-130 navigator which further expanded his experiences. John is an adventure writer and visionary of future possibilities. He worked as a young engineer on the Apollo Project and has stood inside the Lunar Lander, all of which influences his writing. He had a career in the Air Force and another twenty years in aerospace engineering, where he learned the technical element found in his stories. Each story has an element of mystery and intrigue with a sense of humor nestled between the words. He writes from his home in San Diego, California and lives with his wife and faithful dogs Copper and Gracie. He writes for the shear enjoyment of sharing his stories with other people.

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Benny Plays the Blues is a fast-moving, who-done-it with a heart. I couldn't help but love Benny, a decent musician, albeit somewhat naïve, whose main love is playing his saxophone, working the clubs on the Las Vegas strip for a living. Benny is inadvertently mixed up in a bungled jewelry heist. Two men are killed in the process, and Benny is the suspect, although the police can't find the smoking gun. A chain of events takes Benny from Las Vegas to New York, then to Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, and back to New York, with a trail of criminals and the police not too far behind.

As Benny stays one step ahead of the police and attempts to find a way to clear his name, a young woman enters Benny's life that might have the answers. The unfortunate Benny realizes the lovely Brenda has her own agenda. Meanwhile he returns to Paris. Just as his musical career takes off, the thugs and the police catch up with him. With the help of Brenda and loyal friends, a bloody fight ensues and the criminals are apprehended by the French police, and Benny clears his name. Meanwhile he inherits a boutique hotel with a bistro attached: an ideal venue for a jazz group. Life is sweet, but why does Benny play the blues. What happened?

Pauline Hager, Author
Memoirs of an American Housewife in Japan
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Having greatly enjoyed John Wolf's previous books in multiple genres, I've waited anxiously for Benny Plays the Blues. On top of that, my husband is a former saxophone player from his younger days in the navy. All sax guys play the blues at one time or another! It goes with the territory, and yes, the audience gets into the sound. There's nothing sweeter than an alto sax played by a true musician.

All of the Wolf novels are fast-moving, with twists and turns that clobber you again just when you think the story might be resolved. Not so! In this case, through no fault of his own, murders and detectives and criminals follow Benny everywhere he goes from Las Vegas to Paris and many points in between. Trying to figure out if anyone is a good guy keeps the reader on his toes. Add a beautiful woman with her own agenda and life becomes dangerously complicated. All this whirls around Benny even as he's trying to resolve his mixed feelings about the father who left him an incredible music legacy.
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