From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–JP Kinkaid, a member of the legendary British rock band Blacklight, is unnerved when he learns that Perry Dillon, a tabloid biographer, is writing an exposé of the group. Kinkaid has a lot of secrets he would like to remain hidden: heroin addiction, deportation, and his struggle with multiple sclerosis. His fear only escalates when Dillon turns up dead in his dressing room and his life partner, Bree Godwin, is identified as the prime suspect in the investigation. As the mystery unravels, the novel provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world of professional rock and roll, revealing the close bonds that are formed within it. As the story progresses, secrets are revealed as JP revisits his early days with Blacklight and Bree. The more that is revealed, the less trustworthy the characters are as their seemingly normal existence becomes shrouded in mystery and suspicion. The novel is reminiscent of Meg Cabots Size 12 Is Not Fat
(HarperCollins, 2006). Grabiens novel is likely to appeal to casual readers as well as those with an affinity for rock and roll.–Kelliann Bogan, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
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The author of the Haunted Ballad supernatural mystery series (New-Slain Knight, 2007) changes direction with this rock-’n’-roll mystery. When John “JP” Kinkaid, the bassist for Blacklight, a Rolling Stones–like rock band, learns that he must sit for an interview with a sleazy celebrity biographer, he’s not happy. There’s plenty of info that he would just as soon keep under wraps, including his 25-year estrangement from his heroin-addicted wife and his longtime relationship with his girlfriend, Bree, who is fiercely protective of their privacy. When the unscrupulous journalist is found murdered in JP’s dressing room, Bree soon becomes a “person of interest” to the NYPD. JP is desperate to clear her name, realizing he has always taken their relationship for granted. She is the one who has provided him with unending support over the years, helping him overcome his addictions to alcohol and drugs and deal with his diagnosis of MS. The straight-talking JP makes for an appealing narrator in this credibly plotted mystery, which is seasoned with plenty of interesting details on the machinations of an aging, enormously successful rock band. --Joanne Wilkinson