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Life Without Music Paperback – May 6, 2008
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About the Author
Jeanette Clinkunbroomer is a freelance writer based in the Chicago area, working as a journalist, editor, and copywriter. Published work to date includes the historical novel, "All Out of Heart: A Journalist's Memoir of the Civil War," and "Life Without Music," a contemporary mystery.
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The client is one Johnny Magick; semi-retired rock legend, Hall-of-Famer, ex-addict to all sorts of substances. He has a two ex-wives and a dissolute former life, well documented in the tabloids, but a lot of gold records on his wall. He also is still handsome, charismatic, and hoping to redeem his failures with his two daughters; the troubled junkie problem child and the sweet sheltered college student whom he never knew about until she appeared on his doorstep.
"Life Without Music" is an interesting and readable combination of a PI procedural and the tentative romance blossoming between two unlikely people - and in the case of Marti, initially rather unwilling to repeat the disastrous experience of romancing a musician. But she is drawn in by Johnny's charm, and a growing realization that he needs her, and that he genuinely cares for his daughters, and wants to redeem himself in their eyes.
In some ways, the romance seems a little pat, with all the secondary characters (save for one) encouraging of and approving of the Johnny and Marti as a pair. The narrative voice sometimes seems a little flat--a decided contract to the dialogue, which is snappy and informative. During the duller stretches, when Marti is going about her usual investigative and personal routine, the story is slowed down with way too much excruciating and ultimately pointless detail. However, the final twist is very will hidden - but I wish that the eventual villain had been a bit more of a presence, instead of always seeming to be a half-seen cardboard shadow. The final denouement between Marti and the presence stalking her all through the book might then have had a little more impact. Still and all, a worthwhile read, especially for fans of V.I. Warshawsky and Kinsey Milhone.