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!
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