Dead Egotistical Morons (Paul Turner Series #7)

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Boys4U is the world's most popular singing group - at least among teenaged girls - and they have closed out their sold-out world tour with a series of shows in Chicago's brand new arena. The premier group of the inexplicably popular "boy band" trend, they've just finished their very last concert of the tour. While hundreds of tour members, well-wishers, label executives, and various hangers on wait to celebrate another wildly successful tour, the lead singer is found murdered - shot in the back of the head at ...

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Overview

Boys4U is the world's most popular singing group - at least among teenaged girls - and they have closed out their sold-out world tour with a series of shows in Chicago's brand new arena. The premier group of the inexplicably popular "boy band" trend, they've just finished their very last concert of the tour. While hundreds of tour members, well-wishers, label executives, and various hangers on wait to celebrate another wildly successful tour, the lead singer is found murdered - shot in the back of the head at close range - in the shower of the backstage dressing area.

To make matters more distressing, the crime itself was almost impossible - there was tight security on the shower area at all times, the only other people back there were the other members of the band, and none of the dozens of people in the next room report having heard a shot. While the international press is engaged in an unprecedented feeding frenzy over the sensationalistic murder, Chicago Police Detectives Paul Turner and his partner Buck Fenwick have pulled the unenviable task of investigating the murder. But even the initial appearances are deceiving and as they dig deeper into the case, they uncover more disturbing truths beneath the wholesome fa├žade of Boys4U. Now they have untangle an increasingly complex web if they are to stop a determined killer before more victims are claimed.

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A pop band is rocked when the Boys4U national tour ends in Chicago with a real bang. In the new amphitheater's shower room, homicide detectives Paul Turner (gay) and Buck Fenwick (hetero) find teen idol and band member Roger Stendar apparently executed with a bullet to the brain. But whoever did it obviously wanted to do more: The band's bottled water supply has been tampered with, special effects flying rigs have been cut, and the performance stage has been shot up. Did band members Jason Devane, Danny Galyak, Ivan Pappas, and Dexter Clendenen have it in for each other? Or is someone else to blame? The president of Riveting Records, Jonathan Franklin Zawicki, who catapulted the boys to fame, insists they all got along fine, and Jordan Pastern, head of the band's personal security detail, agrees. But young Dexter, in the midst of a major emotional breakdown and terrified enough to appear on Paul's doorstep desperate for help, hints at dark secrets. Meanwhile, obnoxious Hot Trends music critic Randall Blundlefitz imagines the glory he'll win by solving the mystery-a fine idea, he thinks, until he too is killed. Slogging, steady police work, mostly by Paul, reveals not only sordid sexual demands made on the boys but betrayal by someone they most trusted. Paul (Sex and Murder.Com, 2001, etc.) is once again so noble and knowing that he could audition for the title role in Father Knows Best.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312266820
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/2003
  • Series: Paul Turner Mysteries Series , #7
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Richard Zubro is the author of numerous mysteries, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning A Simple Suburban Murder and, most recently, Here Comes the Corpse. He is a teacher and lives in Mokena, Illinois.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A real puzzler

    The rock concert at the All-Chicago Sports Arena in Chicago is over and the world¿s most popular boy¿s band, Boys 4U, is celebrating the end of a six-month tour. The joyous occasion comes to a screeching halt when the body of the unofficial leader of the group Roger Stendar is found dead, a bullet in the back of his head. The autopsy shows that he had anal sex right before he died but there were no marks to indicate he struggled.<P> Chicago police detectives Paul Turner and Buck Fenwick are assigned to the case and when they do a search of the crime scene they find the gun with no bullets in it. Somebody shot at the stage where the group was performing and they find other evidence of sabotage. When a second band member is killed a few days later in the same manner, Turner and Fenwick realize they have to stop the killer before he cancels the entire band.<P> DEAD EGOTISTICAL MORONS shows readers a glimpse of the sickening side of what goes on behind the scenes in the music industry. Mark Richard Zubro has written an exciting police procedural where the homicides are solved by tried and true investigating techniques. The members of the band engage the reader¿s sympathy because they act like mixed up scared kids who need adult supervision. The protagonist doesn¿t want to play daddy but at least two of the members of the band want to cast him in that role. The lead detective defines grace under pressure as he is bombarded from all sides to solve the case quickly.<P> Harriet Klausner

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