Rock and Roll Never Forgets: A JP Kinkaid Mystery
by Deborah Grabien
Cover Artist: Photo: Eddie Otchere/PYMCA/Jupiter Images
Review by Ernest Lilley
St. Martin's Minotaur Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312379995
Date: 08 July 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
JP Kinkaid, aging Hall of Fame rocker, has a problem. Well, lots of problems, actually. He's got a crazy ex-wife, multiple sclerosis, self-absorption up the wazoo, and a serious failure to communicate with Bree, the woman he took up with when she was jailbait and now decades later is the love of his life. But his real problem is that there's a dead body in his dressing room, and the police really like his gal for the crime. If he was a more proactive protagonist, it would be a more satisfying mystery, but it's still an interesting romp through the lives of rock royalty. From official release/information:
Product Description: The last thing the members of Hall of Fame rock & roll band Blacklight need to hear is that ruthless tabloid biographer Perry Dillon is planning a tell-all history of their group. The issue hits hardest for English ex-pat guitarist JP Kinkaid; with his history of heroin addiction and deportation, his estranged wife, and his long-term relationship with a girl he met when she was a teenager, JP has the most to lose. Dealing with his multiple sclerosis doesn't make things any easier.
When he sits down with Dillon, JP's main concern is to preserve both his own privacy and that of Bree Godwin, his fiercely protective longtime girlfriend. But it's obvious from the first question that Dillon is digging deep. And he's not planning to stop until he hits rock bottom.
Dillon's looking for trouble, the kind of trouble that garners publicity and sells books. What he finds is the kind of trouble someone will go to any length to cover up, and that includes murder.
Opening night at Madison Square Garden encores with a corpse in JP's dressing room, leaving Blacklight in the middle of a media frenzy---and Bree as homicide lieutenant Patrick Ormand's prime suspect.
(Source: St. Martin's Minotaur)