2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year, Rock & Roll Rip-Off - $2.99



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    Mowgli
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    Default 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year, Rock & Roll Rip-Off - $2.99

    Rock & Roll Rip-Off, the second novel in my Rock & Roll Mystery Series, was selected 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year by Premier Book Awards. A letter that accompanied the award stated: "The competition was fierce and it was a difficult decision choosing from so many deserving books entered into this year's contest. However, the judges were unanimous in their selection of Rock & Roll Rip-Off as the winner."

    Following is a brief description:

    Jason Duffy thought he had accepted a routine burglary case when a career studio musician hired him to recover a memorabilia collection featuring unusual treasures from some of the top performers in the music industry. But Jason quickly finds himself at the top of a hit list that has nothing to do with The Top 40 and everything to do with a table for one at the San Diego Coroner’s Office.

    While the facts of the case point to an emo band that the victim was helping at the time of the theft, the lethal force that Jason encounters in his investigation feels more like death metal. He finds himself imperiled by a hitman known as The Heartbreaker, due to his signature of shooting his victims through the heart at close range. With danger also threatening his staff and girlfriend, Jason must continue to mend fences with his retired police detective father, in spite of a recent riff that caused a major setback to their relationship.

    Everyone thought The Tactile Tattoo was a “can’t miss” band. The pre-release buzz for their first CD was tremendous. But a bad review from a key industry critic, who didn’t care for their lyrics, left the album stillborn at record stores across the country. The group soon learned that second chances in the current state of the music business are practically nonexistent. One band member discovered that money talks in an industry strapped for cash, and a bribe was entirely possible. However, funding that bribe meant getting involved with all of the wrong people.

    In the midst of this action whodunit, the reader is treated to an insider’s view of the music industry that captures the new obstacles that today’s bands must overcome in order to succeed. Some musicians handle the pressures, opportunities, and disappointments more effectively than others. Some still succumb to the mesmerizing allure of sex and drugs and rock & roll.

    Rock & Roll Rip-Off is the second novel in RJ McDonnell’s Rock & Roll Mystery Series. Like the critically acclaimed Rock & Roll Homicide, McDonnell once again mixes humor, music, and a cast of unique characters to unfold a memorable mystery that shows Jason and a loved one “knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door.”

    A two chapter excerpt may be found on Kindle. My author website, listed below, also includes reviews, media coverage and an author bio.
    RJ McDonnell
    The Classic Rockers Reunion with Death
    The Concert Killer
    Rock & Roll Rip-Off (2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year)
    Rock & Roll Homicide

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    Here’s what a few of the critics said about Rock & Roll Rip-Off:

    "Rock & Roll Rip-Off is a fascinating adventure on the darker side of the music industry and the criminal underworld that lies within it." – Midwest Book Review

    "The plot is well considered and developed, and Jason Duffy an appealing PI. A musician himself, the author clearly knows the world in which he sets his mysteries, providing an insider look at not only what the public sees on stage, but also what it takes behind-the-scenes to get it there. Finally, the rocky relationship Duffy has with his father, introduced in the first book of the series, takes a step forward here ... a nice touch." – Mysterious Reviews

    “Don't stop believin'! RJ McDonnell's Irish-American PI Jason Duffy leads a series that is hard rockin' good fun. Add Rock & Roll Rip-Off to your stacks!” – Critical Mick

    “Congratulations for your novel, Rock & Roll Rip-Off, being selected by the 2010 Premier Book Awards as the Best Book of the Year in the Mystery/Thriller category! The competition was fierce and it was a difficult decision choosing from so many deserving books entered into this year's contest. However, the judges were unanimous in their selection of Rock & Roll Rip-Off as the winner.” – James R. Olson

    “RJ McDonnell combines a well-plotted mystery with a music-industry backdrop to create a book that should appeal to mystery fans and music fans alike. ... He also provides laughs along the way, and it is a hard-hearted reader indeed that doesn't enjoy the final chapter.” - Tim Chamberlain, KAZI Radio
    RJ McDonnell
    The Classic Rockers Reunion with Death
    The Concert Killer
    Rock & Roll Rip-Off (2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year)
    Rock & Roll Homicide

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    Rock & Roll Rip-Off just received a new review this morning on Teens Read Too. Although my novel wasn't written specifically for a YA audience, I suspect that the CS Monitor article on how my series is being used by parents to get their adult children interested in books, has filtered into the YA age group. Here's the review: http://www.teensreadtoo.com/RockRollRipOff.html
    RJ McDonnell
    The Classic Rockers Reunion with Death
    The Concert Killer
    Rock & Roll Rip-Off (2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year)
    Rock & Roll Homicide

    http://productsearch.barnesandnoble....g=False&ugrp=2

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    I recently spoke with a book club about the theme of Rock & Roll Rip-Off. Some of them were surprised to learn that the catalyst driving my 21-year-old female antagonist, Leandra, was entitlement issues. This is because Leandra grew up as one of the few poor kids in a rich neighborhood. But her behavior suggests that she expected fate to compensate her for the hard work she endured while her classmates enjoyed the benefits of wealth. When Karma didn't level the playing field, Leandra felt justified in acting outside of the law to compensate for her trying teen years. But moral compromises can lead to a dangerous path for a young woman who feels entitled to a better fate.
    RJ McDonnell
    The Classic Rockers Reunion with Death
    The Concert Killer
    Rock & Roll Rip-Off (2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year)
    Rock & Roll Homicide

    http://productsearch.barnesandnoble....g=False&ugrp=2

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    Default Re: 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year, Rock & Roll Rip-Off - $2.99

    My novels are being featured on DailyCheapReads.com today. If you get a chance, stop by.
    RJ McDonnell
    The Classic Rockers Reunion with Death
    The Concert Killer
    Rock & Roll Rip-Off (2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year)
    Rock & Roll Homicide

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    Default Re: 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year, Rock & Roll Rip-Off - $2.99

    I have to stop in at Cheap Reads.
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    Default Re: 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year, Rock & Roll Rip-Off - $2.99

    Here is the latest review of Rock & Roll Rip-Off, posted on Goodreads last week: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/156510348
    RJ McDonnell
    The Classic Rockers Reunion with Death
    The Concert Killer
    Rock & Roll Rip-Off (2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year)
    Rock & Roll Homicide

    http://productsearch.barnesandnoble....g=False&ugrp=2

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    Default Re: 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year, Rock & Roll Rip-Off - $2.99

    Last week I was the guest blogger on the Barnes & Noble Mystery Forum. The blog was called, “Cops & Rockers.” I talk about how the son of a police detective came to write the Rock & Roll Mystery Series. If you're interested in giving it a read, you’ll have to scroll through my bio and descriptions of my two novels to read the half-page blog. Also, there were quite a few interesting comments at the end. http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/...t/false#M37952
    RJ McDonnell
    The Classic Rockers Reunion with Death
    The Concert Killer
    Rock & Roll Rip-Off (2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year)
    Rock & Roll Homicide

    http://productsearch.barnesandnoble....g=False&ugrp=2

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    Wow! That sounds great, R.J.
    SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat also available in paperback!

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    Memorial Day Note: In Rock & Roll Rip-Off, 28-year-old Jason Duffy grapples with the moral implications of winning his first gun battle. http://tiny.cc/2kfgw
    RJ McDonnell
    The Classic Rockers Reunion with Death
    The Concert Killer
    Rock & Roll Rip-Off (2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year)
    Rock & Roll Homicide

    http://productsearch.barnesandnoble....g=False&ugrp=2

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