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Danger in Bass Clef: A Johnny Scotch Adventure Paperback – August 16, 2017
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Have you ever picked up a book and thought to yourself, this sounds really interesting; so, you open the cover and get to the first paragraph in the first chapter (or prologue in some cases) and it sucks you in- you find yourself completely immersed into the world the author has given you? That’s what happened when I picked up Johnny Scotch: Danger in BASS Clef. The characters seemed to find their voices within just a few words and soon I was enthralled with them; it was as if they were actually living in my mind. Suddenly, I’m no longer sitting in my living room, listening to the same old episodes of the kid’s shows that we’ve watched a million times, now I’m in a world where jazz, booze and danger lurk around every corner. A world in which heartache and joy are shared by the stories in the music, where lovers play a tempting dance with each other by their songs and the preferred drink of choice is 16-year-old scotch that’s as smooth as velvet but will burn you like an ex flame that won’t be extinguished- if you don’t treat it right.
Johnny Scotch, the main character, is a modern guy with old-school tastes. He loves his trumpet, playing jazz tunes with other members that he got together to play at a local spot, and entertaining his share of women; preferring his ’69 GTO, scotch aged to perfection, and willing to help a gal out when she needs it. Cass is a tough gal with a wild side that keeps things interesting- being a roller derby player makes sure that she keeps the toughness up. When Cass shows up to the club enlisting Johnny’s help, he’s quick to say yes but does he realize the full extent of what kind of trouble has come knocking on his doorstep? Will Johnny be able to help Cass or is this broad too much of the wrong kind of trouble? Pick up a copy of Johnny Scotch: Danger in BASS Clef today to find out!
It’s not very often that I come across a book that takes hold immediately, but this one did just that and more. Johnny Scotch: Danger in BASS Clef is the first novella by John Dover but it is based on the comic book series, Johnny Scotch. My husband left that little clue out until I finished the book- I have NEVER been into the comic book scene before. I’ll watch movies based on comics (I mean Marvel movies are usually kick ass, right?) but I’ve never wanted to read any… until now! Once I learned Johnny Scotch got his start with comics, I have been dying to read them to continue the adventures of Johnny. This series gives that old-school, 40s-50s jazz noir feel to it while being modern. I could picture him talking like one of those private eyes you see in movies but having elements from today’s society that blends perfectly together to create the world in which he resides. John Dover is a great storyteller to be able to weave such a fantastic world with unique characters together and manage to pull you in from the first sentence. I truly look forward to seeing more of Johnny’s adventures in the future!
This is the first story of John Dover’s that I’ve read, and it won’t be the last. Dover weaves a rich palette of flavours in his story-telling. He links back-stories seamlessly with the current tale, creating a world of colours, flavours, and scents. His descriptions are so evocative and seductive that, despite a personal distaste for whisky, I found myself craving a glass of Johnny’s poison.
This story has believable characters that I found myself caring about, a remarkable achievement for any writer, and the city setting he creates is the perfect backdrop for this noir tale. I look forward to reading more from this talented writer.