Solo Hand

Solo Hand

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by Bill Moody
     
 

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Evan Horne, formerly one of America's brightest jazz pianists, was involved in a car accident that left him with an injured hand and no career. He didn't think things could get worse--until his ex-wife, Sharon, who now lives with his former boss, Lonnie Cole, pleads for his help in a blackmail plot against Cole. Suddenly Evan is carrying a million dollars of cash into

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Evan Horne, formerly one of America's brightest jazz pianists, was involved in a car accident that left him with an injured hand and no career. He didn't think things could get worse--until his ex-wife, Sharon, who now lives with his former boss, Lonnie Cole, pleads for his help in a blackmail plot against Cole. Suddenly Evan is carrying a million dollars of cash into a deadly L.A. jam session that plays to a tune of violence and extortion.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A music-biz insider uses his connections with slippery agents, sneaky producers and his fellow jazz artists to solve a blackmailing case in this entertaining debut set in L.A. Evan Horne, once a career jazz pianist, is recuperating from a car accident that damaged his right--aka ``solo''--hand. His former employer, jazz singer Lonnie Cole, isn't doing too well either. Although Lonnie has just collaborated on a promising crossover album with a country and western star, Lonnie has received an envelope of photos that show him and the C & W man in compromising positions at a wild party. A note enclosed with the prints names Evan as the go-between to carry $1 million to the villainous photographer. Though insisting that he's not involved in the scheme, Evan grudgingly agrees to act as an amateur investigator and warily undertakes his new role, sticking with it even after he's hit on the head and pushed, unconscious, into a marina. Moody creates a tangle of clues and motives that Evan determinedly untangles despite his lack of PI experience. Jazz fans hoping for descriptions of artistry will find workaday musicians instead, but Moody's portrayals of the backstabbing music industry and a royalties scam ring true. (Feb.)
Library Journal
A popular jazz pianist until his right hand was damaged in an auto accident, Evan Horne now writes the occasional critical essay while undergoing physical therapy and adjusting to the idea that he might never play professionally again. His association with Lonnie Cole, ``the King of Soul,'' ended prior to the accident, but they are brought together again when a blackmailer threatening to ruin the reputations of Cole and Country-Western star Charlie Crisp insists that Horne serve as go-between for the million-dollar payoff. After the money is stolen from him, the pianist's risky quest for the culprit takes him--and the reader--deep into the nonperforming side of the music industry. Narrated by Horne, this first novel is a fast-paced, easy-to-read tale of amateur detection.-- V. Louise Saylor, Eastern Washington Univ. Lib., Cheney

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780964413832
Publisher:
OffByOne Press
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Pages:
193
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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Solo Hand 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
sloll More than 1 year ago
I "love" music but I don't "know" it. However, after reading this (and the others in the series) I feel like I've been personally involved with Jazz. Bill Moody draws you into his characters and settings until you feel as though you are a part of the action. My favorite way to consume one of the books is to put some Jazz on to play and forget that the outside world exists. It does divide your concentration at times, but it's worth the effort, and adds to my enjoyment. My preference is Bill Evans.....probably because of the piano and semi-name connections with the main character.