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Rock & Roll Rip-Off (Rock & Roll Mystery Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

RJ McDonnell
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Book Description

Rock & Roll Rip-Off was named “2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year” by Premier Book Awards.

Jason Duffy thought he had accepted a routine burglary case when a career studio musician hired him to recover a memorabilia collection featuring unusual treasures from some of the top performers in the music industry. But Jason quickly finds himself at the top of a hit list that has nothing to do with The Top 40 and everything to do with a table for one at the San Diego Coroner’s Office.

While the facts of the case point to an emo band that the victim was helping at the time of the theft, the lethal force that Jason encounters in his investigation feels more like death metal. He finds himself imperiled by a hitman known as The Heartbreaker, due to his signature of shooting his victims through the heart at close range. With danger also threatening his staff and girlfriend, Jason must continue to mend fences with his retired police detective father, in spite of a recent riff that caused a major setback to their relationship.

Everyone thought The Tactile Tattoo was a “can’t miss” band. The pre-release buzz for their first CD was tremendous. But a bad review from a key industry critic, who didn’t care for their lyrics, left the album stillborn at record stores across the country. The group soon learned that second chances in the current state of the music business are practically nonexistent. One band member discovered that money talks in an industry strapped for cash, and a bribe was entirely possible. However, funding that bribe meant getting involved with all of the wrong people.

In the midst of this action whodunit, the reader is treated to an insider’s view of the music industry that captures the new obstacles that today’s bands must overcome in order to succeed. Some musicians handle the pressures, opportunities, and disappointments more effectively than others. Some still succumb to the mesmerizing allure of sex and drugs and rock & roll.

Rock & Roll Rip-Off is the second novel in RJ McDonnell’s Rock & Roll Mystery Series. Like the critically acclaimed Rock & Roll Homicide, McDonnell once again mixes humor, music, and a cast of unique characters to unfold a memorable mystery that shows Jason and a loved one “knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981491499
  • Publisher: Killeena Publishing (March 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JTPBK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the Rock & Roll Series Coming April 23, 2010
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Rock & Roll Rip-Off is the second of McDonnell's novels that I've read in his Jason Duffy series. Again, he combines realistic fast-paced action with a fair amount of humor to make for a very entertaining read. It takes place a year after Rock & Roll Homicide left off, and does a good job of showing progress in Jason's detective skills. It also portrays the maturation of his relationship with his girlfriend, Kelly, and the continued ups-and-downs with his crusty retired police detective father.
My main criticism is that McDonnell wrote it in the 3rd person, where Rock & Roll Homicide was told strictly through Jason's eyes. I can see why he wanted to show the readers the villain's perspective. But, personally, I missed the familiarity that came across in the first book.
Overall, I liked Rock & Roll Rip-Off better because of its classic who-done-it twists and compelling tension. I've been a fan of rock music since I was in my early teens, and loved the way the story revealed several major obstacles that are unique to the digital music age.
I really empathized with the victim, a career studio musician and father of five, who built a big memorabilia collection to put his kids through college, only to have it stolen. The victim's wife was very credible in the way she supported her husband, defended her children, and added key insights to move the investigation forward.
Finally, if you felt McDonnell's sense of humor added a lot to his first novel in the series, you won't be disappointed in Rock & Roll Rip-Off. I had at least five LOL moments where my wife asked why I was laughing so hard. I wish there were ten more in this series that I could get started on tonight.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, Rock and Roll and FUN! April 21, 2011
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As a huge fan of Rock and Roll Homicide, I was very excited to read Rock and Roll Rip-Off! The main characters are well written and true to themselves, they grow and interact so well! After reading both books, and having several family and friends read them too, I donated a copy of both the high school library where the last of my children just graduated. A few weeks ago, the library tech told me both books have been frequently checked out, and several kids have come in looking for them, by word of mouth. Can't wait for the third installment in July. RJ has taken the old fashioned detective style and updated it, thrown in the rock and roll, tossed it all in to the Southern California lifestyle and turned out some great books!
Rock & Roll Rip-Off
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The music industry isn't all about the sound anymore. "Rock & Roll Rip-Off" is the story of Jason Duffy, a private detective who accepts a job and soon finds the music industry has more than memorabilia in their closets. He becomes entrenched in a plot surrounding a failed debut album of an emo band, and soon finds himself on the wrong side of a successful hit man. "Rock & Roll Rip-Off" is a fascinating adventure on the darker side of the music industry and the criminal underworld that lies with it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait, Why am I Reading This? June 23, 2012
By Liko01
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Drat! I hate it when I'm several chapters into a book and find myself stopping to wonder why I'm bothering to read it all.

RJ McDonnell, author of Rock & Roll Rip-Off, wrote this book using the mystery format wherein the reader knows "who-dunnit" right from the start. In this case, the protagonist's convoluted path to figuring out who the culprits are is what's supposed to keep the reader engaged and interested. It totally didn't, at least not for me. Instead, I found myself thinking "who cares?"

Premise: PI with a rock & roll background who comes from a cop family has the inside track on a stolen memorabilia collection. He must work his way through the members of an up-and-coming band and their assorted entourage to identify the bad guys. When he finally does, it's irrelevant. The reader has known all along whose to blame and there's nothing new revealed through character development or plot action to provide any surprises or a satisfying pay off.

Rock & Roll Rip-off has me once again puzzled by the high-star ratings and rave reviews sometimes given to mediocre books. I don't think a true mystery lover will find this story worth their time and effort. There are definitely better choices out there.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the First Book - This One's Okay April 13, 2011
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I'd actually give Rock & Roll Rip-Off 3.5 stars if that were possible. One of the main reasons this isn't a 4 or 5 star review is that while the first book (Rock & Roll Homicide) is written first person, this one isn't. I can't imagine why not - I don't think I've ever seen a series go from first to third person perspective before, and the thing I liked best about the first book was being in Jason's head, as it were. I liked seeing things from his perspective. I was happy to see some recurring characters from Jason's assistant to the cop who worked with him last time.

The plot seemed to get a bit out of control, but the good guys prevailed. Jason's relationship with his father and his girlfriend seem unresolved, and don't really seem to develop, but they're okay.

Overall, I'd read another book in the series if the author would be so kind as to write one. And I'd hope the next one would be written from Jason's perspective ;)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this P.I. !
Jason Duffy P.I. is called in to investigate the theft of a rock music memorabilia collection. Each time I picked up the book, I felt like I was joining a group of old friends for... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mike Roche
2.0 out of 5 stars Story kind of stupid, and stretched out way too long
Silly plot, silly characters, stupid band names, extremely predictable ending. Don't waste your time on this one. Even for free I felt ripped-off.
Published 19 months ago by Richard Esslinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is the second book I've read by RJ McDonnell and just like the first it kept me interested and not wanting to put it down. 5 stars & 2 thumbs up.
Published 20 months ago by MaMa.RaYe
5.0 out of 5 stars RJ McDonnel Does It Again
No one can combine rock music, character development and good old-fashioned mystery quite like RJ McDonnell. Read more
Published 22 months ago by B. Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Hard Boiled Detective Novel With a Rock N Roll Kicker
Rock & Roll Rip-Off by R. J. McDonnell

An ex-rocker, turned mental health professional (seems oxymoronic) turned, hard nose private eye finds himself dodging bullets... Read more
Published 23 months ago by wbentrim
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock & Roll Ripoff
Rock & Roll Ripoff is the second book in the series. P.I Jason Duffy is back. Not your ordinary P.I. he has a psych degree and was a musician with a rock band. Read more
Published on December 9, 2012 by lady g
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love this combo
Rock & roll, murder, mystery, and a cool cast of characters based in San Diego. What's not to like? I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Rock on, RJ!
Published on October 2, 2012 by James Brazill
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock & Roll Rip-Off - Sheer Reading Entertainment
RJ McDonnell is a wonderful writer who sweeps his readers into a world which he has created. As a fan of music and a lover of a good mystery, Rock & Roll Rip-Off is a book that I... Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by STUART MCCALLUM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This was a very good book, loved it a real page turner. You were able to even sympathize with some of the criminals and how they got caught up in the mess.
Published on July 23, 2012 by LisaS
3.0 out of 5 stars rock and roll ripoff
T he story was very good but it moved to slow and had to much unimportant details that had no bearing on the story . Read more
Published on July 21, 2012 by T. Rivernider
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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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