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    Mowgli
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    Default A Music Lover's Mystery, Rock & Roll Homicide

    Rock & Roll Homicide is the first novel in my Rock & Roll Mystery Series. I’ve included a brief description followed by a few reviews.

    Just as the rock band, Doberman’s Stub, was about to reach stadium tour status, its leader was brutally murdered when his headphones exploded during a recording session. The widow, who inherits $5 million, is the San Diego Police Department’s number one suspect. She hires Jason Duffy, a 27-year-old PI in his first year of private practice, in spite of his background as a former musician.

    Jason learns that the victim was also a very skilled contract negotiator, who was in the middle of an acrimonious renegotiation with the record company at the time of his death. He also finds that the record company has a very unhealthy tie to the Russian Mafia.
    As an inexperienced detective, Jason does not yet have the contacts within the police department to gather vital information. He is forced to mend fences with his estranged father, an opinionated ex-SDPD detective.

    While Jason investigates the record company, he also takes a close look at the three surviving members of the victim’s band. One is an alcoholic/drug addict drummer, on the verge of being kicked out of the group. The second is a bass player who camouflages his rock star status by living in an ordinary house in a lower middle-class neighborhood. Third is a lead guitarist and writer of half of the band’s songs, who lives well beyond his means.
    Jason has not yet become hardened to the very real dangers of his new profession. We experience his inner conflict as his girlfriend, staff, and family are drawn into the danger zone.

    After Jason’s part-time employee is severely beaten during a stakeout, he sells the story of the Russian Mafia’s involvement in the record business to a tabloid journalism TV show in a misguided effort to protect his employer and coworker. This serves to drive the case to new heights of danger and suspense.

    Jason goes behind the industry veneer of sex & drugs & hedonistic lifestyles. He shows us how the 21st Century world of downloads, file sharing, and image demographics need to be considered in a case of Rock & Roll Homicide.

    Reviews:

    “A brilliantly written tale of sex, drugs, rock & roll, and the Mob. Rock & Roll Homicide is highly recommended for community library collections.” – Midwest Book Review

    “Rock & Roll Homicide is a fast-paced, deeply twisted, and hilarious story that will have readers salivating for more …” – Apex Reviews

    “RJ McDonnell’s enjoyable style is somewhere between Carl Hiaasen’s in Basket Case and Michael Connelly’s in Chasing the Dime. – BookPleasures.com

    “Wonderful character development. – Armchair Interviews Book Review


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    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: A Music Lover's Mystery, Rock & Roll Homicide

    Four months after Rock & Roll Homicide was released the Christian Science Monitor published a story about how an unusual number of non-readers were purchasing the book through a marketing campaign on the social networking site, MySpace. A few weeks later I started getting emails from the parents of adult children who hadn’t read a book since high school, asking about how they could sustain their child’s interest in reading. I received so many of these type of emails that I researched the topic and put a presentation together that I gave at PA libraries last year.

    I took a behavioral approach based on the teachings of one of my Penn State professors, Dr. Alan Kazdin. Two years after I graduated, Dr. Kazdin accepted the position of Chair of the Psychology Department at Yale, where he still teaches, and in 2008 was named the President of the American Psychological Association. When I hit a wall trying to find research on this topic, Dr. Kazdin forwarded me a paper he wrote in this area when working with a younger age group.

    About 50 parents and grandparents of adult children tried the program. More than half succeeded in getting non-reading 18- to 30-year-olds to read at least one book. A quarter of the participants reported that their adult children are now reading a minimum of one book per month.
    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: A Music Lover's Mystery, Rock & Roll Homicide

    The novels in my Rock & Roll Mystery Series 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: A Music Lover's Mystery, Rock & Roll Homicide

    I will....
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    Default Re: A Music Lover's Mystery, Rock & Roll Homicide

    Thanks to all who helped Rock & Roll Homicide make it to #52 on the Kindle Best Seller List two weeks ago.
    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: A Music Lover's Mystery, Rock & Roll Homicide

    I’m the guest blogger on the Barnes & Noble Mystery Forum today. The blog is called, “Cops & Rockers.” I talk about how the son of a police detective came to write the Rock & Roll Mystery Series. You’ll have to scroll through my bio and descriptions of my two novels to read the half-page blog. Please leave a comment if you have the time. 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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    Default Re: A Music Lover's Mystery, Rock & Roll Homicide

    This sounds like one that I would like. I'll check this one out.
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    Default Re: A Music Lover's Mystery, Rock & Roll Homicide

    Thanks, Kenny. Be sure to let me know what you think after you read it.
    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: A Music Lover's Mystery, Rock & Roll Homicide

    That sounds great, R. J.

    I love music and mysteries. I might have to check that out!
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    Mowgli
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    Default Re: A Music Lover's Mystery, Rock & Roll Homicide

    Memorial Day weekend would be a great time to get started, Doug. The widow of a rock star is grieving in the first chapter of Rock & Roll Homicide after losing her husband in the prologue. For a quick glance at the opening go to: http://tiny.cc/wyfh1
    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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