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Detectives Barry Gilbert and his partner Joe Lombardo are back on the crime scene and this time the investigation's getting personal.

When a music mogul is found strangled to death in his apartment, there's little that would give seasoned professionals Barry Gilbert and Joe Lombardo reason to pause, but this is no ordinary murder victim. Glen Boyd, the sly music producer whom even Gilbert once threatened to kill after the man nearly destroyed ...

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Overview

Detectives Barry Gilbert and his partner Joe Lombardo are back on the crime scene and this time the investigation's getting personal.

When a music mogul is found strangled to death in his apartment, there's little that would give seasoned professionals Barry Gilbert and Joe Lombardo reason to pause, but this is no ordinary murder victim. Glen Boyd, the sly music producer whom even Gilbert once threatened to kill after the man nearly destroyed his venerable marriage, seems to have a shopping list of enemies a mile long.

From Boyd's former wife, and world famous folk singer, to a rock guitarist, to a notorious drug kingpin, it seems there is no one Boyd's dirty business dealings have not affected. But there is one suspect Gilbert refuses to include even though evidence keeps piling up. Soon it becomes a race against time for Gilbert to find the true culprit behind this heinous crime before his family is torn apart.

With twists and turns even the most jaded crime reader won't see coming, Arthur Ellis Award-winning author Scott Mackay delivers his most provocative and thrilling novel to date-a story of family, loyalty and violence that is impossible to ignore and, once begun, impossible to forget.

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Scott Mackay, nominated for the 1998 Arthur Ellis Award for best novel (Fall Guy), brings back Toronto detectives Barry Gilbert and Joe Lombardo to investigate the murder of a music mogul in Old Scores: A Barry Gilbert Mystery. The victim had plenty of enemies, including Gilbert, who blames the guy for almost ruining his marriage. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Toronto detectives Barry Gilbert and Joe Lombardo (Cold Comfort) investigate the death-by-strangulation of a famous music producer with ubiquitous enemies. The kicker here is that Gilbert himself once threatened the man. Third in a satisfying series. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Toronto Detective-Sergeant Barry Gilbert (Fall Guy, 2001, etc.) battles to keep his wife out of jail and his daughter out of the terminal ward in the case of the murdered music promoter. Twenty-five years ago, when Glen Boyd was riding high as Canada's premier rock promoter, Regina Gilbert, like dozens of other young women smitten by his power and charm, had a fling with him-maybe more than a fling, Gilbert ruefully acknowledges when Boyd is strangled and clouds of suspicion start to gather above Regina. Though everybody on Metro Homicide agrees that Regina couldn't possibly kill anybody, the clouds refuse to disperse, even when Gilbert throws his best efforts into building successive cases against legendary folksinger Judy Pelaez, Boyd's much-wronged ex; Phil Thompson, the desperate musician unable to make a comeback since his band Mother Courage broke up years ago; Stacy Todd, Boyd's infatuated secretary; and Oscar Barcos, Boyd's drug connection, who obviously killed two other associates but proves a solid alibi for Boyd's murder. Soon enough, Gilbert's higher-ups turn the evidence over to the Crown Prosecutor and pull him off the case. It's almost enough to make him forget that his daughter Nina's first sex partner has just been diagnosed with AIDS, putting her own life at grave risk. A neatly turned presentation of the classic too-close-to-home scenario, with a particular flair for bringing each of Glen Boyd's sorely used victims to life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312308414
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott MacKay has over forty published short stories to his credit, including six Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine stories featuring Detective Barry Gilbert. He has also published six novels, including Cold Comfort, which was nominated for the 1998 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel, and Fall Guy, the second novel in the Barry Gilbert series. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two chldren.

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    Author posts reviews: 'Glen Boyd was the most successful rock-music promoter and agent in Canada during the 1970s. But in the end he died almost alone. Only his killer was in the room with his or her fingers wrapped around Boyd's neck. Toronto police homicide detective Barry Gilbert is given the task of finding Boyd's killer, despite initial misgivings regarding his objectivity (Gilbert's wife, Regina, had an affair with Boyd 15 years ago). Gilbert has no shortage of potential suspects. Boyd was a charming but devious business partner who promoted many acts to headliner status but would then leave them broke and artistically burned out. He was also an unconscionable womanizer who left half a dozen partners in emotional ruin, including Regina Gilbert. Much to his horror, Gilbert's investigation points ever more strongly to Regina, who admits having recent clandestine contact with Boyd, supposedly to help him conquer his drug habit. Gilbert loses his objectivity as he desperately tries to pin the killing on various other suspects, including Boyd's ex-wife, former folk icon Judy Pelaez. The third entry in the Gilbert series is devilisly plotted and populated with carefully drawn, motivated suspects. The whole is superbly anchored by Gilbert, a decent, hardworking family man who forges ahead despite the possibility that all he holds close may soon collapse around him. A fine, fine effort.' Booklist, starred review ... 'Soon Barry Gilbert will be to Toronto what Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch is to Los Angeles ... This series has a good chance to survive and even thrive. In Old Scores, Mackay has concocted a plot that is bound to hold his readers, and in Gilbert, he has invented a hero certain to elicit sympathy. As a bonus, Mackay has the knack of drawing his readers into moral dilemmas faced by his characters ... Old Scores should prove to be a stepping stone to greater success for Mackay. There is room in Canada, and in crime literature generally, for more writers like Mackay.' Halifax Chronicle Herald

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