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The Concert Killer

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by R. J. McDonnell
 
A religious fanatic serial killer, who hates rock music, tries to shut down the concert industry. A group of independent concert promoters hire private investigator Jason Duffy and his staff of former outpatient mental health clients to catch him. The killer believes that God rewards His favorites with the most money, and keeps score of his victims on the back of a

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A religious fanatic serial killer, who hates rock music, tries to shut down the concert industry. A group of independent concert promoters hire private investigator Jason Duffy and his staff of former outpatient mental health clients to catch him. The killer believes that God rewards His favorites with the most money, and keeps score of his victims on the back of a dollar bill. Jason uses his background as a counselor and club musician to battle his cleverest and most twisted adversary ever.

The author of the 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year, Rock & Roll Rip-Off, once again adds LOL humor in between compelling action scenes. Besides offering readers a backstage pass to the music industry, The Concert Killer brings to light a potentially catastrophic danger that few have ever considered.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981491455
Publisher:
Killeena Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2011
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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.

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The Concert Killer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
shar-on More than 1 year ago
Great can'wait to read the other books he has written
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
The mystery plot is solid although the premise of rock and roll being the "devil's music" is as old as rock and roll and the religious fanatic as serial killer has been done to death. Although I can't think of one off the top of my head, I'd be amazed if combining the two hasn't been done before too. None of this mattered to me. A completely new story idea doesn't exist. What does matter is whether McDonnell added his own spin to keep me engrossed and entertained. This he did, with humor and fun, eccentric characters. Jason Duffy, the lead character in this series, has a unique history as a musician and working with outpatient mental health patients prior to becoming a private investigator. He also has a sense of humor that keeps the reader entertained during the inevitable points in the story that are less tense or action packed. Jason alone might be enough. However, there are a slew of secondary characters who are fun and quirky as well. Many of these I'd guess are, or will be, recurring in the series. Duffy's two employees are both former mental health clients. Jeannine, the assistant and researcher with a touch of OCD, and the tech-savvy Cory who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, act as foils for Duffy's humor and add plenty of their own. Duffy's retired cop dad and mother along with his girlfriend Kelly all put Duffy in situations that are good for laughs. Bernie Liebowitz (the owner of Duffy's favorite music club and frequent confidante) was another of my favorites. I've read books that made me laugh out loud before, but never a mystery that did it like this one. Now I'm going to backtrack to the first two books of the series. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in RJ McDonnell's Rock & Roll Mystery series and, I think, the best so far. The plot is intricate, full of possible bad guys, and the 'whodunit' will keep you guessing until the end. As the title suggests, someone is committing murders at concerts and Jason Duffy is hired to help find the answers. We're brought into the world of concert promoters and band tours as Jason tries to beat the killer to his next stop. Much of the story is told in first person, from Jason's perspective, with an easy shift to the killer's third person POV. I was quickly absorbed in this book and didn't want to put it down. The Concert Killer has enough background on Jason Duffy and his life to allow it to be read as a stand-alone. However, I would suggest reading the Rock & Roll Homicide and Rock & Roll Rip-Off first, simply because they're too much fun to miss!