- File Size: 517 KB
- Print Length: 299 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981491499
- Publisher: Killeena Publishing (March 29, 2010)
- Publication Date: March 29, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0042JTPBK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rock & Roll Rip-Off (Rock & Roll Mystery Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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My main criticism is that McDonnell wrote it in the 3rd person, where Rock & Roll Homicide was told strictly through Jason's eyes. I can see why he wanted to show the readers the villain's perspective. But, personally, I missed the familiarity that came across in the first book.
Overall, I liked Rock & Roll Rip-Off better because of its classic who-done-it twists and compelling tension. I've been a fan of rock music since I was in my early teens, and loved the way the story revealed several major obstacles that are unique to the digital music age.
I really empathized with the victim, a career studio musician and father of five, who built a big memorabilia collection to put his kids through college, only to have it stolen. The victim's wife was very credible in the way she supported her husband, defended her children, and added key insights to move the investigation forward.
Finally, if you felt McDonnell's sense of humor added a lot to his first novel in the series, you won't be disappointed in Rock & Roll Rip-Off. I had at least five LOL moments where my wife asked why I was laughing so hard. I wish there were ten more in this series that I could get started on tonight.
RJ McDonnell, author of Rock & Roll Rip-Off, wrote this book using the mystery format wherein the reader knows "who-dunnit" right from the start. In this case, the protagonist's convoluted path to figuring out who the culprits are is what's supposed to keep the reader engaged and interested. It totally didn't, at least not for me. Instead, I found myself thinking "who cares?"
Premise: PI with a rock & roll background who comes from a cop family has the inside track on a stolen memorabilia collection. He must work his way through the members of an up-and-coming band and their assorted entourage to identify the bad guys. When he finally does, it's irrelevant. The reader has known all along whose to blame and there's nothing new revealed through character development or plot action to provide any surprises or a satisfying pay off.
Rock & Roll Rip-off has me once again puzzled by the high-star ratings and rave reviews sometimes given to mediocre books. I don't think a true mystery lover will find this story worth their time and effort. There are definitely better choices out there.
The plot seemed to get a bit out of control, but the good guys prevailed. Jason's relationship with his father and his girlfriend seem unresolved, and don't really seem to develop, but they're okay.
Overall, I'd read another book in the series if the author would be so kind as to write one. And I'd hope the next one would be written from Jason's perspective ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have found some typos in the book - that makes me crazy!! I did buy the next book because I have become invested in the characters!Published 8 months ago by library mom
This is the second in the Rock and Roll Mystery series that I have read. "Rip-Off" is a great follow-up story, flushing out further the characters introduced in "Rock... Read morePublished 19 months ago by L Enright
Good read by an author I only recently discovered. First book in series was better, but I enjoyed this book..Published 19 months ago by Desert Walker
Jason Duffy P.I. is called in to investigate the theft of a rock music memorabilia collection. Each time I picked up the book, I felt like I was joining a group of old friends for... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Mike Roche
Silly plot, silly characters, stupid band names, extremely predictable ending. Don't waste your time on this one. Even for free I felt ripped-off.Published on May 19, 2013 by Richard Esslinger
This is the second book I've read by RJ McDonnell and just like the first it kept me interested and not wanting to put it down. 5 stars & 2 thumbs up.Published on April 18, 2013 by MaMa.RaYe
No one can combine rock music, character development and good old-fashioned mystery quite like RJ McDonnell. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by B. Ford
Rock & Roll Rip-Off by R. J. McDonnell
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