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The Concert Killer (Rock & Roll Mystery Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

RJ McDonnell
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San Diego private investigator Jason Duffy is hired by a group of concert promoters after a serial killer leaves a note near a 17-year-old girl who was beaten and drowned in a toilet during one of their shows. The note informs the police that she is his fourth victim and suggests that he’ll continue to kill until he shuts down the concert industry because he believes that “concerts are evil.”

Jason meets with the detectives heading the investigations in four major California cities, but is quickly stymied by a bureaucratic state task force leader with selfish priorities. Before being shut out, Jason learns that the killer not only changed cities for each attack, but also his method of murder and physical appearance.

As a former club musician, Jason is forced to work the case from a unique angle. Aided by the concert promoters and an SDPD detective, he narrows the killer’s options. But a story in the San Diego free press brings Jason into the killer’s sights and puts at risk everyone he holds near and dear.

The author of 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year Rock & Roll Rip-Off once again adds LOL humor in between compelling action scenes. Besides offering readers a backstage pass to the music industry, The Concert Killer brings to light a potentially catastrophic danger that few have ever considered.

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About the Author

RJ McDonnell is the son of a Pennsylvania State Police Detective, who received several decorations for solving complex and high-profile crimes. In addition to a traditional education, RJ also had the benefit of seeing every police detective drama on television and in the movies. His father would frequently critique these stories for believability of characters and police procedures. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Penn State University and a Masters at Marywood University. During his college years RJ was a rhythm guitarist and vocalist in two bands. Shortly thereafter, he moved to San Diego where he went to work for a professional writing service. In addition, he wrote a monthly column for the Military Press, and another for a San Diego publication, providing advice to job seekers. In the 90s, RJ got into comedy writing. He wrote for a local San Diego cable television show that had a Saturday Night Live-type format. Over its two seasons on the air, 34 of his skits were produced. Rock & Roll Homicide was the first novel in his Rock & Roll Mystery Series. The second novel, Rock & Roll Rip-Off, was selected 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year by Premier Book Awards.

Product Details

  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981491456
  • Publisher: Killeena Publishing (August 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K94PB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Concert Killer Rocked My World September 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
After finishing The Concert Killer, I promoted R.J. McDonnell from a "must read" author to my "favorite" author. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a novel to this degree.

The book opens on the concert killer claiming his fourth victim in the women's room of an outdoor concert amphitheater. McDonnell doesn't sensationalize the kills with page after page of graphic details, as I would expect in a horror genre novel. Instead, he builds the kind of tension and suspense that I enjoy in a compelling mystery.

My one complaint about his second novel was that he shifted it from first person to third. The Concert Killer returns protagonist Jason Duffy to the first person. The author also shares the killer's point of view quite frequently. In addition, McDonnell effectively shifts to Jason's girlfriend's viewpoint at a key moment.

What I found fascinating about this novel was the unique motives of each of the suspects. I truly enjoy novels that teach me something new without being teachy or preachy. McDonnell obviously has a firm grasp on innovations that will be affecting all of us in the very near future, and worked them seamlessly into the plot. You don't have to be the least bit tech or business savvy to understand this fascinating aspect of the book.

Once again, McDonnell delivers on the humor when it's time to take a breather from the action. I read most of the novel on my front porch and twice had to hold up my Kindle and tell neighbors I was reading a book after laughing uncontrollably.

The first two novels in this series were very good. This one should definitely be made into a movie. I hope I don't have to wait another year to read the next book in this mystery series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! September 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the third book in RJ McDonnell's Rock & Roll Mystery series and, I think, the best so far. The plot is intricate, full of possible bad guys, and the 'whodunit' will keep you guessing until the end.

As the title suggests, someone is committing murders at concerts and Jason Duffy is hired to help find the answers. We're brought into the world of concert promoters and band tours as Jason tries to beat the killer to his next stop. Much of the story is told in first person, from Jason's perspective, with an easy shift to the killer's third person POV. I was quickly absorbed in this book and didn't want to put it down.

The Concert Killer has enough background on Jason Duffy and his life to allow it to be read as a stand-alone. However, I would suggest reading the Rock & Roll Homicide and Rock & Roll Rip-Off first, simply because they're too much fun to miss!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow - just wow! July 28, 2012
By Betts
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Once again RJ McDonnell allows us to become a part of Jason Duffy's life, the good and the bad, in the third book in his Rock & Roll Mystery Series. Suspense, action, humor and a reminder of real life make for a realistic journey.

A serial killer is on the loose and Jason Duffy is on his trail. This latest Rock & Roll Mystery is a terrific read. Jason deals with quirky staff members, music industry types of all stripes, religious fanatics, greed, and stubborn, and hard headed authorities in this fast paced read.

The first two books in the series were a great start to the Rock & Roll Mystery series, The Concert Killer, digs deeper into the now familiar lead characters and introduces us to new good guys and more than a few really bad actors. If you are looking for a good read, you've found it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, thrills and intrigue all the way December 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
You'll like Jason Duffy, one-time rock musician, now a street-savvy Private Investigator, who treads the dangerous bridge between running his investigations and smoothing relations with several police departments, some of whom are friends, some belligerent incompetent troublemakers. I am English, so I found it extremely interesting to learn all about the political aspects of the American police force, their working relationships with PI's, which RJ McDonnell clearly knows plenty about.

His passion for rock music comes across in the pages, as do Jason's manifold relationships: feisty sexy girlfriend, grumpy father, colourful close friends and business colleagues (particularly his Tourette-suffering assistant)- these all have the ring of zany authenticity. Especially endearing are the dogs in the book, notably the threat to Jason's father of appearing on the internet, having been secretly filmed attempting to 'potty train' the dog by demonstration! There are plenty of laughs as well as thrills in this book.

The sinister killer is presented as an obsessive, and the insight into the mind of a madman is unnerving, but satisfying. RJ McDonnell obviously knows about the world of rock music, police politics, psychology and the intricacies of modern technology. I'd say the dénouement is worthy of Bruce Willis in one of the Die Hard films, but I won't spoil the ending by telling you what happens.

All in all this was a great read: amusing, challenging and informative, and most of all a book filled with people you can like and villains you can hate. The next Jason Duffy book is definitely on my 'to read' list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Concert Killer (Rock & Roll Mystery Series) October 13, 2012
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Author, RJ McDonnell's `The Concert Killer' kept me wonderfully entertained for many an evening. We are introduced to an array of colourful characters as private investigator Jason Duffy leads his team in the hunt for a serial killer who has a hatred for rock music, and a warped, misguided love of Christianity.

Rock venues are targeted by CK (The Concert Killer) where the killings take place. Jason Duffy with background experience in the music industry is hired by concert promoters to track CK. McDonnell provides action, mystery, twists and turns that you would expect from a great mystery. With a natural flair for believable dialogue, and the author's razor-sharp wit which is infused throughout the story, makes `The Concert Killer' a must-read book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars the convoluted concert killer
this book really sounded great and started out with a bang. went downhill fast. too convoluted with too many characters, I was always back checking trying to keep them straight. Read more
Published 13 months ago by carole
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't finish it
I started reading this but after I had read about 20% and was still not interested enough to continue with the story
Published 17 months ago by Sunny
4.0 out of 5 stars Light-Hearted
An interesting mystery or two and a detective who's darned good-looking and knows it. You'll chuckle at his thoughts of his appearance. Clever, solid writing.
Published 18 months ago by Romance Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading The Concert Killer
I just like it. This is the first time I read a book by RJ McDonnell, and I gotta say I really like it.
Published 18 months ago by AsemMahmod
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing and series of 4 books (so far!)!!
Somehow I began reading book 4 of this series first, which was so so so good that I sought out and read in order books 1 thru 3! Really excellent writing and storytelling. Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. Rak
2.0 out of 5 stars The concert killer
I found this entertaining probably because it was about w world I know little about. There are twists and turns an various angles to the underlying story. Thickest me hooked.
Published 21 months ago by SORAYA LANE
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to my Kindle library. I am always appreciative of the...
Nice addition to my Kindle library. I am always appreciative of the free book offerings for my Kindle. Thanks you!
Published 21 months ago by Nina Sala-Gault
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of book
I didn't finish it because I couldn't get into it. It isn't my prefered reading style... I might try it again
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars very well written
I enjoyed reading this story - it had a lot of twists and turns and that made it fun to read.
Published 22 months ago by M. Kelson
5.0 out of 5 stars I did like this book
Fast paced and I didn't want to put it down. I only read at night before bed so sometimes I was late getting to sleep just to finish the thought.
Published 22 months ago by Kathy M.
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RJ McDonnell is the son of a Pennsylvania State Police Detective, who received several decorations for solving complex and high-profile crimes. In addition to a traditional education, RJ also had the benefit of seeing every police detective drama on television and in the movies. His father would frequently critique these stories for believability of characters and police procedures.

He earned a Bachelor's Degree at Penn State University and a Masters at Marywood University.During his college years RJ was a rhythm guitarist and vocalist in two bands. Shortly thereafter, he moved to San Diego where he went to work for a professional writing service. In addition, he wrote a monthly column for the Military Press, and another for a San Diego publication, providing advice to job seekers.

In the 90s, RJ got into comedy writing. He wrote for a local San Diego cable television show that had a Saturday Night Live-type format. Over its two seasons on the air, 34 of his skits were produced. Rock & Roll Homicide was the first novel in his Rock & Roll Mystery Series. The second novel, Rock & Roll Rip-Off, was selected 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year by
Premier Book Awards.

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