- File Size: 710 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Killeena Publishing; 2 edition (May 9, 2008)
- Publication Date: May 9, 2008
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002E19JLY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,941 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Rock & Roll Homicide (Rock & Roll Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The murder weapon is original, and, though red herrings are quite numerous, I was well into the book before I even thought of the ultimately guilty party as a suspect. The story gets rather convoluted through the above mentioned red herrings, but if you like pulpy, gum shoe, dime store detective noir, this one should wet your palette just fine.
Inside R J McDonnell's home I'd expect to see a guitar leaning against a chair, maybe a holstered police revolver hanging on the post. Without a doubt a portrait of Dad in dress blue would hang on the wall. Well, maybe the gun would be locked in a closet, but those items were close at hand when Jason Duffy's character was 'put on paper', as they used to say. Duffy, the hero of Rock and Roll Homicide, is determined musician, son of a cop, and stubborn Irishman; those make him a darn good, though new private investigator.
On his first murder case, working for the accused wife of a well-known, now dead band leader, Duffy finds himself in the midst something much bigger than it first appeared. He learns quickly as he and his associates are forced to deal with the police, thugs, druggies, and among others, the Russian Mafia. The reader is given a close inside look at the lives of the band members and the business of big time music promotion and production. Duffy gets himself into, and out of, some dangerous and sometimes comedic situations. The story from choice of murder weapon to finally trapping the killer, is filled with many surprises and twists, and enough exciting action to keep your Kindle hot.
This is a great PI story told with a good insight into the lives of rockers, the music industry, police procedure, and personal relationships. A bonus is that it is told with a tremendous amount of humor, sometimes hilarious. But there's more. Favorite parts of mine were Duffy's family dynamics, and his take on ethnicity. Sláinte!
All that being said, the mystery itself was a good one, the characters were interesting and worth getting to know, and there was just the right mix of violence, witty repartee, crime and rock and roll. Not to mention some very interesting and unusual sidekicks. Can't wait to read the next installment, and hope more are on the way!
The main character, Jason Duffy, is a PI with a convoluted past. The case brought to him by the sharp witted Chelsea Tucker in Rock & Roll Homicide, is one that is entirely believable and could be a main news story today. She is the primary suspect in the death of her husband, Terry Tucker, a rocker killed by exploding headphones she gave him.
PI Jason Duffy, paid his way through college in a rock band, and this experience gave him an extremely helpful insight to the world of club bands. Then his past work as a mental health counselor added a nice mixture of associates; and the use of a few of those former clients as employees, gives his PI business a fabulous off-kilter, quirky sense of humor.
R.J. McDonnell is a writer with a rich source of information on police tactics and personalities. His use of the tense father-son relationship between Jason and dad is believable. With stereotypes that are quickly shifted and balanced by a sense of honesty in each of the relationships, we are introduced to... Jason's Irish policeman's family quickly becomes one we fall in love with.
Terry Tucker is, as we find out not a truly up-front kind of guy. Between trying to back-stab his band-mates and a dubious relationship with the Russian mob, is it any wonder he ended up dead? R.J. McDonnell answers that question in a surprising fashion in a book I recommend to any reader looking for fast-paced action with a story-line that captures the imagination.