Last Call [NOOK Book]

Overview

Running a karaoke bar is no way for an ex-PI to make a living.
Just ask Ridley Brone, a California private investigator who returns to his Michigan hometown when he inherits his estranged parents' multi-million dollar estate. The songs his mom and dad wrote made them rich, but their popular karaoke bar, the High Note, made them famous. Now Ridley owns a bar he doesn't have a clue how to manage, and his every effort seems only to further tarnish...

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Overview

Running a karaoke bar is no way for an ex-PI to make a living.
Just ask Ridley Brone, a California private investigator who returns to his Michigan hometown when he inherits his estranged parents' multi-million dollar estate. The songs his mom and dad wrote made them rich, but their popular karaoke bar, the High Note, made them famous. Now Ridley owns a bar he doesn't have a clue how to manage, and his every effort seems only to further tarnish his parents' legacy.
Then Ridley's high school love, Autumn, shows up asking for help. She suspects her husband of having an affair and wants Ridley to find the truth. Itching to do the kind of work he knows, Ridley takes her case. But after he finds her husband murdered, the karaoke bar feels like vacation compared to the hard job of proving Autumn's innocence.
Last Call is 72,000 words of hard-boiled karaoke noir.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045714327
  • Publisher: Paradox Publications
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 16,835
  • File size: 276 KB

Meet the Author

An accidental nomad, Rob Cornell grew up in suburban Detroit, then spent five years living in Los Angeles before moving to Chicago to receive a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College. He has traveled full circle, now living in rural southeast Michigan with his wife, two kids, and dog, Kinsey—named after Sue Grafton’s famous detective. In between moving and writing, he’s worked all manner of odd jobs, including lead singer for an acoustic cover band and a three-day stint as assistant to a movie producer after which he quit because the producer was a nut job.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

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    A little bloody but a good story. Have to feel for Ridley.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

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    Last Call

    When you’re reading a mystery, do you try to solve the mystery? Not only whodunit, but often the how and why too. If you’re like me, you do. How I judge the plot of the book depends on how well the author hides the final outcome and how he or she does it. If I’m only halfway done with the book and I’m sure the butler did it and have a good idea of why, I’m not going to be happy. I’ll also feel cheated if at the climax the villain makes their first appearance and we find out the details are all things that we had no idea about until then. We need to be able to look back and realize the clues were there for us to piece together, just like they were for the protagonist, but they can’t be so obvious that we figure it out too early.

    "Last Call" hit the mark in this regard. At one point I thought I’d solved the mystery. I’d identified a motive and a likely culprit and done so too early. But what I saw was a “red herring.” It was a piece of the puzzle, but misleading. When the critical piece of the puzzle was revealed at an appropriate time, I realized I’d never seen it coming, yet the clues were there had I been able to put them together. This is how a mystery should be plotted.

    I also liked the character of Ridley Brone. His flaws, as much as his talents, make him interesting. That he tries (and sometimes fails) to do the right thing makes him that much more human. This is a character that is a good foundation for Cornell’s planned series.

    Unfortunately, "Last Call" also suffered from substandard copyediting and proofing, for which I deducted one star.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

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