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Five Star First Edition Mystery - Freeze Me, Tender Hardcover – February 2, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star; 1 edition (February 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594144710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594144714
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,284,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Part caper, part whodunit, part thriller . . . Black's best work to date. If books were cars, this would be a Jaguar, smooth, sleek and perfection . . . should be on everybody's must read list."
- Jon Jordan, editor of CrimeSpree Magazine

More About the Author

Michael A. Black is the author of 19 books and over 100 short stories and articles. He has a BA in English from Northern Illinois University and a MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. He was a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago for over thirty years and worked in various capacities in police work including patrol supervisor, SWAT team leader, investigations, and tactical operations.
His Ron Shade series, featuring the Chicago-based kickboxing private eye, has won several awards, as has his police procedural series featuring Frank Leal and Olivia Hart. He has also written two novels with television star Richard Belzer of Law & Order SUV. His hobbies include the martial arts, running, and weight lifting.
In addtion to his own novels, Black is currently writing novels in a highly popular adventure series under another name.

Mike's newest novel is SACRIFICIAL OFFERINGS, the third in the Leal and Hart series. Other recent books include, THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF DOC ATALS (with Ray Lovato), THE HEIST and FREEZE ME, TENDER (think: Frozen Elvis)which are now availble as e-books and trade paperbacks on available in bookstores and on Amazon.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JAH on April 4, 2006
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This book is destined to be the sleeper hit of the year.

If you haven't heard of Michael A. Black before, then pick up FREEZE ME, TENDER (think: Frozen Elvis) and see what the buzz is all about.

From the opening page as two key characters head for Vegas, we know we're in for the ride of our lives. Although Elvis is never mentioned by name, the dead King of Rock and Roll in FREEZE ME, TENDER -- Colton Purcell -- is as close to the original as they come. And his entourage -- a wily manager, a headstrong ex-wife and a misguided young daughter who's engaged to the effeminate Prince of Pop --- well, you get the picture.

Add in a powerhouse Las Vegas mobster, a down-on-his luck Chicago-based reporter seeking redemption in his own life, a couple of murders, and you'll begin to see why FREEZE ME, TENDER should be on everyone's must-read list.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Earl Merkel on May 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mike Black's often hilarious tale of murder, intrigue and `frozen Elvis,' and mass demonstrations across the country- this weekend's edition of MONEY & MORE serves up a veritable jambalaya for listeners around the United States!

Did I say "frozen Elvis?" I think not-if only because the name and likeness of the late Elvis is protected by a copyright held by his estate, which employs a corps of well-paid lawyers ready to swoop down on any interlopers.

Hence the term "roman a clef," a literary device that substitutes fictional characters for real-life personages... and which is used to devilishly effective impact by author Black in his just-released comedic thriller, FREEZE ME, TENDER.

"I've always been a big fan of Elvis' music," winks Michael, "and since I'm familiar with his life story, some elements of it ... uh, may have somehow found its way into FREEZE ME, TENDER. But my book is made up-it's a `what-if' story, entirely fiction."

Uh-huh. Really. Cross my heart.

But for certain, it's a heck of a good read-suspenseful, yet punctuated with moments to laugh-out-loud humor. And that's no accident, given the bonafides of the author.

For more than two decades, Michael A. Black has been a street-savvy police sergeant who has worked for law enforcement in the Chicagoland area in a variety of hands-on -and not infrequently, hazardous-- roles. He's drawn from those experiences in his second occupation, that of journeyman writer and author.

Mike Black is kind of a legendary figure among crime writers and novelists- for many of them, he's the go-to guy when they need factual information on a particularly sticky point of police procedure or insight to the criminal mind.
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The tenth anniversary of the death of the king of hillbilly rock and roll Colton Purcell is coming soon. In Vegas where Colton frequently performed just before his death, there are several galas planned including a sound alike contest. As many of his fans plan to attend the events, Colton's manager "Big Daddy" Babcock is murdered with the King's scarf from his farewell show. Regency magazine CEO Bishop sends his reporter Harry Bauer to follow up on the homicide since he interviewed Big Daddy just last week; Harry assumes Bishop wants him out of town when he marries the reporter's ex-wife.

At the same time, Colton's only daughter Melissa is to marry Latino superstar Pablo while her mother Ladonna known by all as "Ladzilla" objects. Harry meets Gabriel Freeman in the Vegas airport; he claims to be an offspring of Colton at the same time rumors fly of a related nursing home abduction in Memphis by Nurse Marjorie Versette whose home is a shrine to the King. When his journalist pal is murdered, Harry investigates the dark secrets of the King and his retinue ten years after the performer died.

Obviously everyone knows who the King is, but Michael A. Black provides an intriguing refreshing spin filled with twists that take some getting used to (just ask Harry) as the story line moves forward on several flanks. Harry's inquiries, like the plot, follow several directions including the deaths of Big Daddy and a reporter friend (that left Harry All Shook Up) as well as Freeman's claim; all converge in Memphis. A delight for the Elvis crowd, fans of a journalist investigative thriller will also appreciate this fine Love Me Tender not homage to the King of Rock and Roll.

Harriet Klausner
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