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The Blue Cheer Paperback – April 30, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is set in rural West Virginia and features the return of Frank Johnson, Lynskey's bloodied but unbowed PI. Johnson has moved to Scarab, West Virginia, hoping to leave the tumult he experienced in Virginia behind him while he leads a quiet day-to-day existence in the middle of nowhere. All is well until a mid-air explosion occurs literally above his head one night. Johnson quickly discovers that the cause of the fireworks is a Stinger missile, but his self-congratulations is short-lived due to his being knocked out almost immediately.
When he comes to his senses, the evidence is gone and his car has been vandalized. The local police have little interest in Johnson's report and in fact go to extraordinary lengths to discourage him. Old Man Maddox, Johnson's enigmatic friend and neighbor, is there to help, along with Robert Gaitlin, a crackerjack defense attorney whose abilities don't end in the courtroom. Their assistance, however, may not be enough against the Blue Cheer, a racist organization that has taken root in the West Virginia hills and appears to have connections even in the most unexpected places.Read more ›
new work "The Blue Cheer," staring our famous PI Johnson.
Searching for some relief from the taxing life he has led, Frank
Johnson moves to West Virginia to a quiet mountain community; or
is it? Awaken to an exploding Stinger rocket in his backyard was
not something he had envisioned occurring. In his investigation,
Frank is pulled into a secret that will rock his world and those
around him. And in an attempt to keep this concealed deaths soon
occur and Frank is more determined than ever to find out the
I believe in this work our author shows a new side of PI Frank
Johnson. Although he is still as some would call, rough around
the edges, this work allows a small insight into the heart of
the man. This was a good touch as it draws you more into the
series of this work and its main character. This story is not a
creeper but moves along at a fast clip, dropping surprises and
throwing in characters as red and shiny as a ripe apple and as
sour as a bad one. It has mystery, murder and heart, and quite a fulfilling conclusion. All in all a very good read. Well done, Mr. Lynskey.
Frank Johnson is a private investigator who is running from his past and looking for some down time. He ends up in a small West Virginia town, and all appears to be going well until he witnesses the firing of a Stinger missile on his property. When he goes to investigate, someone cold-cocks him from behind and removes the evidence. His nearest neighbor and friend "Old Man" Maddox comes over to help him figure things out. But apparently someone (or someones) want the matter dropped, and they brutally murder Maddox's wife. The small-town sheriff doesn't appear to be putting much effort into the investigation, and in fact may be part of the whole conspiracy. Throw in a corrupt police department, a town distrusting of strangers, and a shadowy group called The Blue Cheer, and Johnson has his hands full avenging deaths and staying alive...
This is one of the grittiest novels I've read in a long time. The writing is dark, reminiscent of those 50's style police pulp novels. Lynskey paints detailed pictures of the surroundings and actions, without getting overly caught up in his writing. The only problem I had is that this is part of a series, and I haven't read the earlier books. I'm sure that would explain more about the demons in Johnson's life, as well as his relationship with Maddox. But I can't fault the writer when I come in to the middle of a story. I'll definitely be going back and catching up with the adventures of Frank Johnson...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book started off very exciting - I was immediately hooked and devouring it.
Somewhere just before the middle section started, this enjoyment waned. Read more
Private investigator Frank Johnson has recently moved to Scarab, West Virginia, a lazy town in the Appalachians. Read morePublished on September 9, 2007 by Randal Brandt