- Publisher: Killeena Publishing with RJ Co (2008)
- ISBN-10: 0981491413
- ISBN-13: 978-0981491417
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,020,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rock & Roll Homicide Hardcover – 2008
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Rock & Roll Homicide leads the reader through a diverse maze of suspects, ranging from a drugged-out drummer to the Russian Mafia. But, for me, the centerpiece to this intriguing whodunit is the laugh-out-loud humor that happens in between the action scenes and serious sleuthing.
The detective, Jason Duffy, who is young and working his first murder case, was a counselor at a mental health center prior to becoming a detective.
His two employees are both former patients, and he hires a third, as a temp, later in the book. While the two regular employees are both very good at their jobs, the way they relate to the world is frequently hilarious. The temp, a security guard with Delusions of Grandeur, is completely over the top.
The case involves an ambitious rock star who was killed in an explosion while recording a CD. The widow, who is the chief suspect, hires Jason to help prove her innocence.
The other aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was the relationship between Jason and his ex-police detective father. It's not unusual for teenage boys to run into problems with their fathers while establishing their own identities. Jason's dilemma was magnified by the fact that he played in a rock band from high school until he became a private investigator. As a cop, his father knew all too well the downside to a rock & roll musician's lifestyle.
Throughout the book we watch them take tentative steps toward reestablishing their relationship.Read more ›
The story revolves around the death of Terry Tucker, the hard-driving head of San Diego-based rock band Doberman's Stub, who was killed when his earphones exploded just as he was wrapping up work on the band's third CD - a promising release that was to shoot the group to superstardom.
The list of suspects in Tucker's death is enough to make even the most hard-nosed detective cringe. There's the rocker's wife, who stands to inherit a $5 million insurance payoff, record label executives with sinister ties to the Russian Mafia and his beleaguered band mates, including a hard-partying drummer and a singer/songwriter living well-beyond his means.
Toss in a cast of dysfunctional characters like Duffy's obsessive compulsive assistant, his retired police detective father and a photographer afflicted with Tourrette's Syndrome and you have all the makings for a fast-paced and funny look at life in the music business.
McDonnell takes the reader on a wild ride through the murder investigation, which has enough twists and turns to keep even the most hardened mystery lover intrigued. It's his insider's knowledge of the music industry, strong attention to detail and witty insights into the characters, however, that really makes this novel stand out.
Fast moving and at times laugh-out-loud hilarious, "Rock and Roll Homicide" has all the makings of a sure-fire winner. Anyone who loves murder, mysteries or music should pick it up.Read more ›
This book is a page turner in the traditional sense, it goes by quick depending on your need for bathroom breaks and blood sugar replacement. McDonald keeps the cards close to the vest throughout most of the book and the reader is constantly learning more about the vic, the suspects, the music business, sketchy characters with mob affiliations and many more twists and turns. Really enjoyable characters, great entertaining read.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was attracted by the title; it was interesting, not too violent and characters with whom I could identify.Published 14 days ago by Debbie
This book was well written. The dialog was believable and free from poor grammar. The story has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing as to who did it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Colleen King
Interesting characters. Definitely a page turner with lots of action. I recommend this to anyone who likes private detective books.Published 1 month ago by Gator Girl
I enjoyed this book immensely! Just the right amount of drama, a little Irish humor, and good old fashioned crime. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JuJu
I really enjoyed the mystery that Mr. McDonnell created. It was not filled with unpleasant details. He painted a detailed picture to begin with and then moved on. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mama Howe
A good "summer read" with a different take on the private detective theme.Published 13 months ago by Susanne J Schlette
Great writing and telling of events. Looking for more of RJ McDonnell.Published 14 months ago by Delenia M. Hayes