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  • Series: Barnaby Jones Novel
  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (June 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425940498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425940492
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,225,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buddy Ebsen's best known characterization is that of "Jed Clampett" patriarch of that celebrated piece of Americana The Beverly Hillbillies. His second best known is the television sleuth "Barnaby Jones."Prior to that he was "Georgie Russell," Davy's pal in the Walt Disney classic Davy Crockett.Surprisingly, Buddy had never intended to be an actor. His goal in life was to be a doctor. However, after completing two years of pre-med studies at the University of Florida and Rollins College, the Florida land boom collapsed, affecting the fortunes of the Ebsen family.Since Ebsen senior was a dancing teacher, he had taught all his children his trade. Buddy shuffled off to New York to try show business, arriving there August 4, 1928. His Broadway credits include: Whoopee 1928, Flying Colors 1933, Ziegfeld Follies 1934, Yokel Boy 1939, Showboat 1945 and Male Animal 1953.His film credits include: Broadway Melody of 1935 with his dancing partner, sister Vilma, Broadway Melody of 1938 with Judy Garland, Born to Dance, the Shirley Temple picture Captain January, Banjo On My Knee, Girl of the Golden West 1938, Parachute Battalion, Night People with Gregory Peck 1954, Between Heaven & Hell 1956 with Robert Wagner, Attack, Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn 1961, Mail Order Bride 1964, The One & Only Family Band 1968, The President's Plane is Missing, Fire on the Mountain 1981, Stone Fox 1986, to name a few.His creation of Cabaret Dada, a musical was inspired by the Dada artistic revolt as a protest against World War I. A song from that show was selected for world-wide broadcasting in seven languages by the Voice of America. In 1968, he won the Honolulu race in his 35 foot catamaran, "Polynesian Concept."Buddy had painting lessons as a child but this introduction to art did not flower until his later years. From casual pen and ink sketches of old Duke and Uncle Jed he was encouraged by his wife, Dorothy, herself a painter, to try oil.This led to a brisk sale of originals a

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. de Vincent on January 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
What a pleasant surprise to find out that Buddy Ebsen had left an unfinished manuscript behind for his fans to enjoy years after his passing. Barnaby Jones steps out of the past and into our lives yet again. Sizzling Cold Case: The Legend of Lori London is about an unsolved murder investigation that Barnaby's son was working on at the time of his death. Years later, still nagging Barnaby he decides to hire himself to solve it. The murder took place during the time period of the T.V. show. It brings back that Hollywood glam period of big shoulder pads and even bigger hair. Lori London was a star from that era and had all the vices that go with coming into your own in the 1970's. All the old favorites are in the book: Betty, Jedediah and Lieutenant Biddle. Ms. Quinn filled in effortlessly as if channeling Barnaby Jones' spirit. There are some good twists here. The writing is tight, chapters end on a push into the next and before you know it late into the night you've helped Barnaby solve yet another crime. Let's hope the Estate of Buddy Ebsen lets Ms. Quinn tackle another Barnaby Jones case, we miss him. Maybe the release of this book will generate enough interest to bring back Jonestalgia, leading to reruns of the series, How about TV Land or KDOC? A good read for those who miss the old days when a milk-swilling senior citizen could catch the bad guy without gratuitous violence and morgue close-ups.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Stafford on August 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful journey down memory lane! Barnaby sprang to life on each and every page. The reader is taken on a thrilling ride back to visit the warm and wonderful characters of the Barnaby Jones TV series--one that ran for eight full seasons. Too many, Buddy Ebsen and Barnaby are one and the same, so it is no surprise that the dialogue and action are true to character. However, Buddy and/or his co-author did a great deal of research on the compelling subplots as they are not only informative but one hundred percent actuate. The trip to Crescent City's notorious Pelican Bay Prison and the meeting with the man who murdered Barnaby's own son in cold blood was vivid. The TV series opened with the murder of Barnaby's son, so it is quite fitting that this man resurface. I also enjoyed the opposing slant on stem cell research, and the unique way that Lori London died. I checked it out and found the authors did not overlook a single detail (neither the auto mechanics or drug detail.) Pick up this whodunit today, but don't begin reading too late in the evening or you will surely miss your bedtime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Dominquez on May 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful way to spend an evening. I say "AN EVENING" because I found I couldn't put this compelling "How Dun it" book down. I loved watching the old Barnaby Jones TV shows and was thrilled to find this novel. I love the fact that Barnaby was brought into the present. The characters were exactly as I remembered them. The fact that JR now uses a computer and a cell phone, while Barnaby resists, is wonderful, true to character. and placed me right into the captivating tale. I recently attended a fund raiser for the choir program at Los Alamitos High School, and had the privilege of hearing Darlene Quinn and another author speak. Darlene Quinn, who finished the manuscript that Buddy Ebsen left behind, made it clear that "Sizzling Cold Case" is no ghost written book. The core story of the mega-star Lori London, how she died, who was responsible for her death, how he escaped being caught, and many of the captivating scenes were directly from Buddy Ebsen's pen. Since the manuscript was unfinished, Mrs. Quinn told us she found it necessary to add characters (mostly those from the TV episodes) and sub-plots to turn Buddy's manuscript into a novel. "Who but Buddy Ebsen could bring this charismatic character back to life," Quinn stated. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a compelling story as well as Barnaby Jones fans, who will find this novel a real treasure--Quinn kept true to the beloved PI's character and voice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Thomas Frank on August 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This nostalgic trip down memory lane will keep you entertained until the Barnaby Jones televsion show is finally released on DVD. Actually, it was kind of nice to revisit an old friend...lots of happy memories watching the TV show with my Grandmother who could pull Schlitz beer bottle caps off with her teeth and spit it out with accuracy into the Charles Chips tin she used as a trash can and kept next to her old black & white Zenith.
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