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The Concert Killer (Rock & Roll Mystery Series Book 3) by [McDonnell, RJ]
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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981491456
  • Publisher: Killeena Publishing (August 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K94PB6
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By John J. Luczak on September 3, 2011
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After finishing The Concert Killer, I promoted R.J. McDonnell from a "must read" author to my "favorite" author. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a novel to this degree.

The book opens on the concert killer claiming his fourth victim in the women's room of an outdoor concert amphitheater. McDonnell doesn't sensationalize the kills with page after page of graphic details, as I would expect in a horror genre novel. Instead, he builds the kind of tension and suspense that I enjoy in a compelling mystery.

My one complaint about his second novel was that he shifted it from first person to third. The Concert Killer returns protagonist Jason Duffy to the first person. The author also shares the killer's point of view quite frequently. In addition, McDonnell effectively shifts to Jason's girlfriend's viewpoint at a key moment.

What I found fascinating about this novel was the unique motives of each of the suspects. I truly enjoy novels that teach me something new without being teachy or preachy. McDonnell obviously has a firm grasp on innovations that will be affecting all of us in the very near future, and worked them seamlessly into the plot. You don't have to be the least bit tech or business savvy to understand this fascinating aspect of the book.

Once again, McDonnell delivers on the humor when it's time to take a breather from the action. I read most of the novel on my front porch and twice had to hold up my Kindle and tell neighbors I was reading a book after laughing uncontrollably.

The first two novels in this series were very good. This one should definitely be made into a movie. I hope I don't have to wait another year to read the next book in this mystery series.
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This is the third book in RJ McDonnell's Rock & Roll Mystery series and, I think, the best so far. The plot is intricate, full of possible bad guys, and the 'whodunit' will keep you guessing until the end.

As the title suggests, someone is committing murders at concerts and Jason Duffy is hired to help find the answers. We're brought into the world of concert promoters and band tours as Jason tries to beat the killer to his next stop. Much of the story is told in first person, from Jason's perspective, with an easy shift to the killer's third person POV. I was quickly absorbed in this book and didn't want to put it down.

The Concert Killer has enough background on Jason Duffy and his life to allow it to be read as a stand-alone. However, I would suggest reading the Rock & Roll Homicide and Rock & Roll Rip-Off first, simply because they're too much fun to miss!
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Once again RJ McDonnell allows us to become a part of Jason Duffy's life, the good and the bad, in the third book in his Rock & Roll Mystery Series. Suspense, action, humor and a reminder of real life make for a realistic journey.

A serial killer is on the loose and Jason Duffy is on his trail. This latest Rock & Roll Mystery is a terrific read. Jason deals with quirky staff members, music industry types of all stripes, religious fanatics, greed, and stubborn, and hard headed authorities in this fast paced read.

The first two books in the series were a great start to the Rock & Roll Mystery series, The Concert Killer, digs deeper into the now familiar lead characters and introduces us to new good guys and more than a few really bad actors. If you are looking for a good read, you've found it.
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Author, RJ McDonnell's `The Concert Killer' kept me wonderfully entertained for many an evening. We are introduced to an array of colourful characters as private investigator Jason Duffy leads his team in the hunt for a serial killer who has a hatred for rock music, and a warped, misguided love of Christianity.

Rock venues are targeted by CK (The Concert Killer) where the killings take place. Jason Duffy with background experience in the music industry is hired by concert promoters to track CK. McDonnell provides action, mystery, twists and turns that you would expect from a great mystery. With a natural flair for believable dialogue, and the author's razor-sharp wit which is infused throughout the story, makes `The Concert Killer' a must-read book.
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The third of RJ McDonnell's books is the best one yet. McDonnell continues to grow in developing the twists and turns of the mystery while also deepening his characters through sharp, clear dialog. An added plus for his book series is that they are part of his "Rock 'n Roll Mysteries" since McDonnell himself knows the music business. It's like having a backstage tour along with your reading pleasure.

In "The Concert Killer," private investigator, Jason, finds himself enmeshed in solving the mystery of a psychopath who is killing people at concerts.

Jason has taken steps in security to protect his office and his feisty secretary, Jeannine, after a scare in the past (don't miss the prior two mystery books).

But the Concert Killer is on to all that. . .and more. He knows where Jason's parents live. He knows where Jason lives. This kook, who calls himself CK and worships the pyramid, is so unhinged by people and music that he will kill those who organize the events as well as those who attend them. Each kill is completed in a way that calls attention to CK's religious belief: rock 'n roll is the work of the devil. This belief is also tied to a devious plan to make money. Both plot conclude in an action-packed ending that flashes through the reader's mind in a vivid scene as if it were in high def, 3-D.

Highlighting this book are sharp and witty comments from our PI, Jason, who tosses off rapid fire wit even during perilous moments. He reminds me of Dirty Harry in places.

The reader is also given a better look at Jason's live-in girlfriend, Kelly. In the last book, I felt she was maybe too good for this guy, but now I wonder if she's the right woman for Jason, which I like--a relationship that grows and changes.
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