Headlock: A Jeff Reynolds Mysteryby 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.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.
"A brilliant piece of contemporary literature "hiding out" as a private eye novel...I think Barer is up to something." - Prof. Gerry Graber
"There are truly only a few writers working today who can sustain such a consistent level of fine writing, complexities of plot, great imagination, and humor." - Carl Brookins
"Clever, quirky, and often outrageous." -- Lee Goldberg, NYT best-selling author of numerous Mr. Monk mysteries, and co-author of the Fox and O'Hara series with Janet Evanovich
"...a detective as hard boiled as a twenty-minute egg, and wisecracks as sharp as a new Gillette!" -- Dale Furutani, Anthony and Macavity winning author of the Ken Tanaka and Samurai Mystery series
"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.
"Jeff is the most appealing private eye since Archie Goodwin...the funniest and freshest mystery I've read all year!" - Cluelass.
"100% dazzling!" -- Professor Gerry Graber
"Brilliant and hilarious!" -- Tony Fennelly, author of The Glory Hole Murders, and 1-900-DEAD
"Burl Barer's new action-packed novel had me laughing my ass off, gasping for breath, and cursing his talent!" -- Sparkle Hayter, author of Revenge of the Cootie Girls, and The Last Manly Man
"Undeniable talent, pizazz and imagination -- Jack Olsen, NYT best-selling author
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Meet the Author
Burl Barer is a Edgar Award winning author and two-time Anthony Award nominee with extensive media, advertising, marketing, and public relations experience.
Garnering accolades for his creative contributions to radio, television, and print media, Barer's career has been highlighted in The Hollywood Reporter, London Sunday Telegraph, New York Times, USA Today, Variety, Broadcasting, Electronic Media,and ABC's Good Morning America.
Barer, regarded as one of America's finest investigative journalists, is a frequent commentator on numerous television programs seen world wide, including "Deadly Sins," "Deadly Women," "Motives and Murders" "Snapped" "Scorned," "Behind Mansion Walls," "Epic Mysteries," and Hart Fisher's AMERICAN HORRORS channel via Filmon.TV
Burl Barer hosts the award winning Internet radio show, TRUE CRIME UNCENSORED with co-host, show business legend Howard Lapides, on Outlawradiousa.com every Saturday, 2pm Pacific time.
In addition to non-fiction/ true crime best sellers, Barer also is a regular contributor to "Serial Killer Quarterly," the prestigious magazine edited by Lee Mellor. Barer also writes new adventures of Leslie Charteris' THE SAINT, and the Jeff Reynolds series of private eye novels.
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HEADLOCK is probably my new favorite mystery book, and Jeff Reynolds is my new favorite Private Eye, although he is REALLY not very experienced. He is a mystery writer who's PI license is just a gimmick. He does take this case, and I'm glad he did! This book keeps you amused,interested, and entertained. I stayed up all night because I couldn't put it down. It is so funny at times that you will crack up, and at the same time it is very touching. If all of this author's books are this good, I'm buying them all. I suggest every mystery fan read HEADLOCK. I'm surprised this isn't a best seller.
I got this book because I heard it was good, and it really is. The plot is sort of hard to explain, but it has to do with a paranoid ex-wrestler who hires the hero, Jeff Reynolds, to find out if it is safe to come out of the house, and it isn't safe one bit! The best part of the book I think is the style and the dialog and the way all the things finally fit together! At first I didn't think all the stuff that Jeff talks about or thinks about related to the case, but by the end, all these things suddenly 'click' -- the author must have worked hard on that! I love private eye books and mysteries, and I think this is great and I am excited about this new series. Oh -- the story takes place in Walla Walla, Washington. I bet the people there are freaking out!!
The hero of this book tells the story himeself. In fact, the book you're reading is the book he is going to write when the adventure is done (!). Really clever, and very funny, and absolutely captivating. Plus the plot is great and there is a super-surprise twist you will never guess! I think this is the best private eye mystery I've read in...well, almost forever. I've read other books by the same author, and this one is completely different in style -- I enjoyed them all, but this is the BEST.
I really did not know what to expect when I opened this book to the first page. I do like private eye type books so I thought, what the heck. I downloaded it--started to read it and could not stop!! The language may be a bit off putting for some of you as well as some of the descriptions. I had no problem with it at all! This is slap stick at it's funniest, and admittedly can get a bit raunchy, as Jeff Reynolds meets and enlists the aid of prostitutes and other unsavory characters at the local watering holes in Walla Walla, Wa. All the characters are well developed and you feel like you really know all of them. This may be the first time I have read one of this author's books--it will not be the last.