Rock & Roll Rip-Off

Rock & Roll Rip-Off

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by RJ McDonnell

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Jason Duffy thought he had accepted a routine burglary case when a career studio musician hired him to recover a memorabilia collection featuring unusual treasures from some of the top performers in the music industry. But Jason quickly finds himself at the top of a hit list that has nothing to do with The Top 40 and everything to do with a table for one at the San


Jason Duffy thought he had accepted a routine burglary case when a career studio musician hired him to recover a memorabilia collection featuring unusual treasures from some of the top performers in the music industry. But Jason quickly finds himself at the top of a hit list that has nothing to do with The Top 40 and everything to do with a table for one at the San Diego Coroner's Office.

While the facts of the case point to an emo band that the victim was helping at the time of the theft, the lethal force that Jason encounters in his investigation feels more like death metal. He finds himself imperiled by a hitman known as The Heartbreaker, due to his signature of shooting his victims through the heart at close range. With danger also threatening his staff and girlfriend, Jason must continue to mend fences with his retired police detective father, in spite of a recent riff that caused a major setback to their relationship.

Everyone thought The Tactile Tattoo was a "can't miss" band. The pre-release buzz for their first CD was tremendous. But a bad review from a key industry critic, who didn't care for their lyrics, left the album stillborn at record stores across the country.

The group soon learned that second chances in the current state of the music business are practically nonexistent. One band member discovered that money talks in an industry strapped for cash, and a bribe was entirely possible. However, funding that bribe meant getting involved with all of the wrong people.

In the midst of this action whodunit, the reader is treated to an insider's view of the music industry that captures the new obstacles that today's bands must overcome in order to succeed. Some musicians handle the pressures, opportunities, and disappointments more effectively than others. Some still succumb to the mesmerizing allure of sex and drugs and rock & roll.

Rock & Roll Rip-Off is the second novel in RJ McDonnell's Rock & Roll Mystery Series. Like the critically acclaimed Rock & Roll Homicide, McDonnell once again mixes humor, music, and a cast of unique characters to unfold a memorable mystery that shows Jason and a loved one "knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door."

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Premier Book awards - James Olson
Congratulations for your novel, Rock & Roll Rip-Off, being selected by the 2010 Premier Book Awards as the Best Book of the Year in the Mystery/Thriller category!

The competition was fierce and it was a difficult decision choosing from so many deserving books entered into this year’s contest. However, the judges were unanimous in their selection of Rock & Roll Rip-Off as the winner.

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Meet the Author

RJ McDonnell is the son of a Pennsylvania State Police Detective, who received several decorations for solving complex and high-profile crimes. In addition to a traditional education, RJ also had the benefit of seeing every police detective drama on television and in the movies. His father would frequently critique these stories for believability of characters and police procedures.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Penn State University and a Masters at Marywood University.
During his college years RJ was a rhythm guitarist and vocalist in two bands. Shortly thereafter, he moved to San Diego where he went to work for a professional writing service. In addition, he wrote a monthly column for the Military Press, and another for a San Diego publication, providing advice to job seekers.

In the 90s, RJ got into comedy writing. He wrote for a local San Diego cable television show that had a Saturday Night Live-type format. Over its two seasons on the air, 34 of his skits were produced. Rock & Roll Homicide was the first novel in his Rock & Roll Mystery Series. The second novel, Rock & Roll Rip-Off, was selected 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year by
Premier Book Awards. The Concert Killer was released on 9/1/11. RJ wrote and performs on the book’s trailer song, which also serves as a prequel to the novel.

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Rock & Roll Rip-Off 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MSM23 More than 1 year ago
Rock & Roll Rip-Off by RJ McDonnell is a well-crafted mystery/detective story with a rock music backdrop. When his multi-million dollar music memorabilia collection is stolen, studio musician Max Varner calls upon Private Investigator Jason Duffy to locate it. Suspicion begins to fall on the members of The Tactile Tattoo, the band with whom Max has been working, as they struggle to bounce back from their critically panned first album. While the reader is drawn into the detective work in the story and the fascinating behind the scenes look at the rock music industry, the true strength of the novel lies in the characters that McDonnell paints. We engage with Jason Duffy as we are brought into his personal world, including his confrontational relationship with his retired police detective father, and the strain of his girlfriend Kelly moving in with him, adding several additonal layers of worry to his life. Add in the members of the band, Jason's OCD assistant, his Tourette's suffering photographer, and the colorful members of the San Diego police community, and you have an outstanding cast of characters. Fans of the detective genre, and especially those with a bit of rock music in their veins, should grab themselves a copy of this book. And at just $2.99 for the digital version, Rock & Roll Rip-Off is anything but.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Jason is a former musician and private investigator. He's got a girlfriend named Kelly any guy would dream of dating, and a slightly dysfunctional family. His parents keep pestering him to settle down, but Jason is having commitment issues. He finally agrees to have Kelly move into his apartment, but is still unsure about it. Can he stick with it or will he pull out at the last minute? When he accepts a seemingly routine burglary case from Max Varner, a famous musician and rock memorabilia collector, Jason begins thinking that this might be the case he needs to get over his issues. When a stakeout goes awry, however, and Jason gets shot, things start to turn ugly for him. Whoever stole Max's collection doesn't want to be found and is willing to kill Jason to keep it that way. When a stakeout goes bad and an assassin called "The Heartbreaker" attacks the PI, the stakes increase. To make matters worse, he forgot to involve the police - and now they've pulled his protection. With danger inevitable and an assassin who might come after him and Kelly, a happily-ever-after seems unlikely. Can Jason solve the case of the Rock & Roll Rip-off and still keep his relationship with Kelly? A great mystery with lots of suspense and action for reluctant readers. The characters are intriguing and well-developed. The multiple points of view really add another dimension to the book that is appealing and eye-catching. The plot is well-done and complex. Those who like mystery, music, action, and suspense will enjoy trying to figure out where all the puzzle pieces fit in ROCK & ROLL RIP-OFF.