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Rock Critic Murders Mass Market Paperback – April 2, 1990

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Redolent with the atmosphere of Austin, Tex., Sublett's gripping debut is rooted in his life as a bass guitarist in that city, mecca for hopeful musicians. Narrator Martin Fender, also a bassist, agrees to a gig reuniting the once fabulous "True Love" group long after its breakup, when lead guitar KC gets cash in advance from a tricky club owner. After a rehearsal, the performance is canceled because someone murders KC, and amateur sleuth Fender investigates a case that takes on bizarre proportions. Two rock critics are later killed, possibly for stealing a cache of cocaine and the 2000-pound bug landmark atop the local pest-exterminator building. Staying a step ahead of the killers and sexy Lorraine (a threat to Fender's lover Ladonna), the bassist proves his expertise in detecting and, not incidentally, explains why today's performers, composers and fans are enthralled by funky music.
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First-person narrator Martin Fender, bass guitar player and part-time collection agency employee, may stage a comeback with a reunion engagement of True Love, a blues band once popular in Austin, Texas. The sudden death of lead guitar player, KC, however, and the disappearance of a kilo of cocaine set Fender on the track of some sleazy, money-grubbing characters in the music business. The Austin locale emerges strongly and persuasively, but the prose is dry and the plot mechanical and awkward.-- REK
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell (April 2, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440207037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440207030
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,469,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Jesse Sublett captures it all in Rock Critic Murders. Martin Fender, skiptracer by day/musician by night/investigator when necessary plunges head-on into trouble as he investigates a murder in the sultry summer in the city of Austin in the mid 80's. Anyone who lived in the heart of Texas for some period will recognize the landmarks Sublett paints with fond familiarity. It's funny, it's engaging & it has me yearning for more!
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Format: Hardcover
Sex, drugs, and rhythm and blues in this novel of 1980s Austin's music scene. I liked the inside scoop on the lives of professional blues musicians.. Recommended for fans of rock and blues music.
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Jesse Sublett can write, but he needed a much better editor. It was fun for me, as someone who'd lived in Austin during the 1980s when the action of this book takes place, to find the characters eating, drinking, and socializing in the same Austin landmarks I knew so well. What wasn't so great was figuring out what was happening in the story because it made so little sense. The ending was long-awaited, but by that time I'd stopped caring.

I liked the Skunks, Jesse Sublett's Austin band from the '80's, though. But I liked the Simpsons and Bruce Springsteen too; I just don't care about them anymore.
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