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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442173084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442173088
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,891,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bryan Gilmer has made his living as a writer for more than 15 years, working first as a night-shift crime reporter for a Southern newspaper before advancing to Florida's largest paper, the Pulitzer-prizewinning St. Petersburg Times. Now he teaches newswriting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and writes for institutional and corporate clients in addition to his fiction. He lives with his wife, Kelly, and their son, Quinn, in Durham, North Carolina. Visit his website at bryangilmer.com and join his Facebook group, Suburban Burglars Alliance.

More About the Author

Bryan Gilmer has been a professional writer for 15 years. He worked as a newspaper reporter for nine years, five at Florida's largest newspaper, the Pulitzer Prize-winning St. Petersburg Times. His investigative reporting there shut down dangerous Alzheimer's care homes, exposed a former amusement park worker posing as a real estate developer and revealed that two women had staged an empty-casket funeral for a man who didn't exist. In the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election, Bryan and colleagues first told the nation that uncounted overseas ballots wouldn't let Al Gore defeat George W. Bush, and Bryan appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" to discuss the story.

Previously, Bryan was night police reporter at The Greenville News in South Carolina, where he covered scores of homicides, plane crashes, bank robberies and fatal car wrecks. That experience figures prominently in his crime novels.

Bryan has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He teaches newswriting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has lectured at the Poynter Institute for media studies, Clemson University, The University of South Florida and Stetson University Law School. He lives with his wife, Kelly, and their son, Quinn, in Durham, North Carolina, where he writes fiction and runs his own writing and editing business.

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I hope to read more from this author!
Cynthia Nimerichter
The plot moved along nicely and the author did a great job of combining all the plots and characters and keeping you interested in all of it at the same time.
Carol Berthelsen
His character is an interesting soul who you neither love nor hate yet occasionally can relate to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neill G. on June 25, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I found Gilmer's story of a jazz musician living out his anti-sprawl revenge fantasy to be a highly entertaining and engaging piece of fiction. You can tell the author cut his teeth as a crime reporter and knows his way around the world occupied by cops, reporters, investigators, criminal types, and so on. I like that he doesn't take himself or his characters too seriously and focuses more on weaving together a compelling coherent narrative than on making sure that everything is as realistic as possible.

There's a lot of creative thinking going into this novel, from the anti-sprawl undercurrents to the jazz composition that evolves as the story progresses. Lots of other touches help distinguish it from your average escapist crime fiction, but it's still a fun read. I found the Leonard Noblac character particularly interesting, and certainly identified with his hang-up with our consumer culture, particularly as it is expressed in the suburban McMansions he preys upon. Unlike nearly every household pet that Leonard comes across in his escapades, I had difficulty putting this book down.

I'm looking forward to reading more from this author and can't wait to see how/when he brings back Leonard for an encore performance. Bravo, bravo...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth K. on May 29, 2009
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I was surprised at how Felonious Jazz entertained me. The characters are well developed in a nontraditional manner. The good guy has questionable morals; he even wishes he had behaved better. The villain comes across as misunderstood while his actions are despicable and creepy; he has foresight and such a twisted view of the world that I wanted to warn the characters in the book about him before he was able to complete each of his 'tracks.'

Warning: this book may make you rethink how you treat others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alaska's on May 29, 2013
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This story about a psychotic wacko is very compelling. The author held my attention with the twists and turns and I sincerely believed I knew the ending until the ending arrived. I never saw it coming! Mr. Gilmer punked us all and that is what a good writer does.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah G. Mcbee on March 14, 2012
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Loaded w/ intrigue! A single point nagged me much of the latter part of the story, which was easily explained by author eventually. If the author had given more information earlier, the story would have moved along more easily without that distraction. Otherwise, the plot was ingenuous & as well written as any popular mystery author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pnolan on March 12, 2012
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I downloaded for free, not knowing what to expect. I really enjoyed the book. Very fast paced from the first page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2011
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I came across Bryan Gilmer quite by accident when reviewing "Recommendations" on Amazon. I first read "Kill the Story", and just completed "Felonious Jazz". Both are terrific reads. I have read all of the books by Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Harlan Coben, John Connolly, and many others. While Mr. Gilmer is not as polished as these veterans, he has written two excellent books. As for "Felonious Jazz", it has a unique plot of a jazz musician committing a series of crimes, with each crime inspired by a song he is writing (or maybe the other way around). The protagonist, J. Davis Swaine (an investigator for a Raleigh law firm), a cop, and a reporter try to determine the motives behind the crimes and track down "Felonious". There are twists and turns throughout, some expected, some not. The characters are well-drawn, particularly that of Leonard Noblac, the felon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joyce T. Taylor on September 14, 2010
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This story contains some unforgettable characaters. The more I read the faster I read to get to the conclusion. After the author's book Kill the Story, I expected a surprise ending. I was not prepared for this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Crosby on February 11, 2010
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Well, what to say here. A new author but experienced writer, who I happened upon in the aisles of a Raleigh bookstore. This was cool, the chance to get an author to sell their book to me. Bryan managed it, his enthusiasm was infectious and I happily parted with my hard earned pounds/dollars.
So, how did it go? An uneasy start for me, not the initial unexpected violence, but the feeling that I was jumping in to the middle of a story and I ought to know more about these characters. It soon settled down though into a steady and thoroughly puzzling mystery. Well, puzzling for the good guys, we are given every thought and action of the bad guy too.
I hadn't realised it but the characters were developing very strongly and by the second half I was enthralled and it became quite the page turner. The ending didn't disappoint and was followed by epilogue type chapters, nice. Ah, and that last chapter...
Very good, more of these characters please Bryan. Recommended to all.
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