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Rock and Roll Never Forgets: A JP Kinkaid Mystery Hardcover – July 8, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312379994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312379995
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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From Booklist

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

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I read this book in one sitting.
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A sit down and read right through wonderful mystery that really gets you inside the mind of a rock star.
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For anyone who likes strong characters with vibrant voices, this is for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ita on July 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Grabien writes a book with a pounding rhythm without overshadowing the nuances of a delicate and intimate relationship. And that's before the mystery even shows up! It could easily stand on its own as a rock and roll love story, but why stop there if you have the talent to weave a gripping mystery with compelling characters in and around that?

And that's just what Ms. Grabien does, with her typically lyrical turn of phrase. Check [...] for a link to her video and a taste of the style, and check the top of the amazon page for links to inside the book to get a taste of the writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Ferrer on July 8, 2008
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For anyone who's fantasized about what being part of a big rock band is like, this is for you. For anyone who likes a good mystery, this is for you. For anyone who likes strong characters with vibrant voices, this is for you. And for anyone who likes a believable, long-term love story that only keeps growing, this is definitely for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pieter B on September 7, 2008
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Do you love rock 'n' roll? Do you play air guitar with your favorite tunes? Do you love a good mystery? This is the book for you. Great musicians never waste a note; Deborah Grabien never wastes a word. Even if you didn't answer "yes" to all the questions above, if you love fine writing, this is a book for you.

I spent several years in and around the California rock 'n' roll scene of the late '60s/early '70s, and none of the backstage detail rings false or hollow. The characters don't either; they have their talents and their flaws, their virtues and their vices. It's said that it's never too late to have a happy childhood; it's never too late to grow up, either, and that process is one of several things that make this book a good bit more than a sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll potboiler.

The only way Ms Grabien disappoints me is that she doesn't write as fast as I can read, and so I spend a good deal of time in unrequited lit-lust. A new book from her presents me with a dilemma -- read it one or two gulps, like a kid with a bucket of ice cream and no witnesses, or take one chapter at a time, like someone who's been given a small box of exquisite chocolate truffles? Either way, it's over too soon, and the pining for the next begins.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hillevi M. Wyman on July 8, 2008
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Seriously, the video promo [...]
and it will give you a really good idea of the pace, content and characters in this book. Watch it on high quality, and turn up the volume because the music is great.

Rock and Roll Never Forgets is a character-driven novel in which you see the mystery actually having an impact on who these people are, and how they behave. In some ways it is a coming of age story for the protagonist, JP Kinkaid, who begins to face his past and take responsibility for his behavior. It is also a love story, between JP and his long-time partner Bree, as they face the problems in their relationship history and recommit to a future together. Besides all that, it is a rollicking good read with mystery, excitement, and music scenes which make you feel as though you are in the room and make you want to go buy the album.

This series promises to be very different from Grabien's Haunted Ballad series (see New-Slain Knight: The Haunted Ballad Series), as different as rock music is from folk music, but with the same deft ability to create characters that readers want to know better, and the same uncanny ability to bring music - performance and creation - to life on the page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By richardf8 on August 18, 2008
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Rock and Roll Never Forgets may market itself as a murder mystery, but really this is a book about love and care and coping. The murder investigation provides the impetus for the revelation of the histories of some deeply developed characters, for the telling of a love story that opens in medias res, and bringing it to pleasing resolution. That said, with the murder investigation as the driving force, the story whips along, never getting bogged down in details - the reader is constantly enticed to turn the page. Grabien nails her settings - she not only knows what it is to be in the scene, she knows to what it is to live in the now, and with the disease of which she writes. It gives the book a literary timelessness. Grabien has crafted that rarest of gems, a murder mystery that you will want to reread even after you know who the murderer is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By April on March 26, 2010
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Dinosaur rock band, Blacklight, is still touring and going strong, playing arenas in front of thousands of screaming fans. Guitarist JP Kinkaid hasn't escaped the rock'n'roll lifestyle unscathed, however. He's had his turn with cocaine and heroin and alcohol and teen-aged fans and deportation. Then there's a notorious tabloid "biographer" wanting to write about the band, and things only go downhill when he's found dead in JP's dressing room during a concert.

JP isn't an amateur sleuth, but the murder mystery involves him and those he cares about anyway. He tells the story in first person, and he's got a distinctive voice and an engaging personality. Those around him also are interesting and sympathetic, even the police detective. And the rock and roll setting is just priceless. I enjoyed reading this book immensely and will certainly seek out any and all sequels.
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