Headlock: A Jeff Reynolds Mystery

Headlock: A Jeff Reynolds Mystery

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by Burl Barer
     
 

A paranoid recluse lures private eye author Jeff Reynolds into a complex web of deception, conspiracy, and murder where delusions are deadly, and life after death can be hell. Several popular mystery writers, including G.M. Ford and Tony Fennelly, make cameo appearances in this clever and quirky adventure set in Walla Walla, Washington.

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A paranoid recluse lures private eye author Jeff Reynolds into a complex web of deception, conspiracy, and murder where delusions are deadly, and life after death can be hell. Several popular mystery writers, including G.M. Ford and Tony Fennelly, make cameo appearances in this clever and quirky adventure set in Walla Walla, Washington.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Burl Barer is an Edgar Award winning author and two-time Anthony Award nominee with extensive media, advertising, marketing, and public relations experience.

Barer wrote, produced, and often voiced, national radio and television spots for such performing artists as Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Eric Clapton, Moody Blues, Fleetwood Mac, Liza Minelli, Temptations, Four Tops, and many more. Barer also created and produced national radio and/or television campaigns for Warner/Electra/Atlantic, Media One, Management III, and Seattle Pacific Industries. Other national/regional clients have included Penzoil, Safeway, Superlube, Black Angus Restaurants, the Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts, and the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.

While Barer contributed his media savvy to numerous publications and projects over the years, it was his internationally acclaimed 442 page critical/biographical study of Leslie Charteris' enduringly different Robin Hood of Modern Crime, Simon Templar, which earned him the highest honor from the Mystery Writers of America -- The 1994 Edgar Allen Poe Award. The Saint: A Complete History in Print, Radio, Television, and Film not only received the Edgar, but also an Anthony Award nomination from the World Mystery Convention.

Contracted by the estate of Leslie Charteris to pen a minimum of three new novels in the popular Saint series, Barer completed Capture the Saint, the first original Saint novel in thirteen years. Film rights to the previous 52 Saint books were acquired by producer Robert Evans. Paramount Pictures released the Saint, starring Val Kilmer, in 1997. Barer's novelization of the film's screenplay, THE SAINT, published by Simon and Schuster Pocketbooks, has sold over 100,000 copies in English, and has been translated into French, Japanese, Hebrew, Chinese, and German.

At the request of Warner Brothers, Barer accompanied Mel Gibson, James Garner, and Jodie Foster on the set of the hit film Maverick, writing the colorful companion book to that rollicking, uproarious western. Man Overboard: The Counterfeit Resurrection of Phil Champagne (1995), a wry and humorous genre-bending true crime adventure earned a nomination for the coveted Anthony Award by the World Mystery Convention as Best True Crime Book of the Year.

Barer's HEADLOCK, the first novel in a new private eye series, is scheduled for September 2000 publication by Deadly Alibi Press. Kensington Publishing will release his latest non-fiction book, MURDER IN THE FAMILY, in August 2000 as part of their Pinnacle True Crime series. He is currently writing another true crime for Pinnacle, based on the St. Pierre murders in Tacoma, Washington.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Free-spirited, tough, and psychically gifted, private investigator and mystery writer Jeff Reynolds (of Walla Walla, WA) investigates the bizarre case of a garrulous ex-professional wrestler who believes that his father was murdered ten years ago and that those murderers are out to get him, too. While attending a mystery writers' conference in Seattle, Reynolds gathers peer theories, interrogates a crippled-but-vicious former tour wrestler, and segues slowly into an affair with an apparent writer-groupie. Nicely written dialog, tantalizing peeks at "name" writers, choice humor, stories within stories, and a slowly evolving plot makes this first mystery in a new series a real winner for most collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886199095
Publisher:
Deadly Alibi Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
Jeff Reynolds Mystery Series
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

What People are saying about this

Tony Fennelly
Brilliant and hilarious! (Tony Fennelly, author of The Glory Hole Murders and 1-900-DEAD)
G.M. Ford
Barer is obviously twisted. `Headlock' is a hoot. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! (G.M. Ford, author of The Deader the Better, Last Ditch, Bum's Rush, and Slow Burn)
Lee Goldberg
Sue Grafton on PCP -- clever, quirky, and often outrageous. ( Lee Goldberg, executive producer of the CBS series, MARTIAL LAW)
Dale Furutani
If you like your detectives as hard boiled as a twenty-minute egg, and your wisecracks as sharp as a new Gillette, you're going to love Jeff Reynolds in Headlock.(Dale Furutani, Anthony and Macavity winning author of the Ken Tanaka andSamurai Mystery series)

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