Welterweight boxer Eddie Cero is out of the ring with an injury, but he still can't bear to see an unfair fight. In a Philadelphia alley he steps in on two punks beating up an older man--and the victim, a private detective, buys Eddie a round and offers him a part-time gig. After a few days on the job Eddie stumbles onto a cold case involving the frontman for The Excels, one of Philadelphia's best soul acts. A big fan of the group, Eddie starts investigating the case out of curiosity, but the missing singer's talented sister draws him deep into a violent, twisted story of betrayal and intrigue, power and passion--all set to the beat of Philadelphia soul.
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About the Author
David Fulmer is the author of eleven critically-acclaimed and award-winning novels. Chasing the Devil's Tail was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Barry Award, and a Falcon Award, was on Borders' "Best of 2003 List," and won the 2002 Shamus Award. Jass was nominated for the "Best of 2005" lists by Library Journal, Deadly Pleasures Magazine, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rampart Street was rated New York Magazine's "Best Novels You've Never Read" and the audiobook won a Benjamin Franklin Award. The Dying Crapshooter's Blues received the BookPage "Ice Pick of the Month Award" among other plaudits and The Blue Door was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best Novel. Lost River was published in 2009 and The Fall was released by Five Stones Press in 2011. The Night Before, an adult holiday novella, was published as a Bang Bang Lulu Edition in November of 2012, followed by the historical Will You Meet Me in Heaven? in 2014 and The Iron Angel, the fifth novel in the acclaimed Storyville series, in March of 2015. His books have received superlative reviews from The Times Picayune, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BookList, Kirkus Reviews, The Baltimore Sun, Mystery Review, The Detroit News, The Telegraph (UK), The Plain Dealer, Crime Spree Magazine, The Boston Globe, Crimetime UK, The Tennessean, Library Journal, Jazz Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and numerous other publications and book websites. His novels have been released in audiobook and have been translated into Italian, French, Japanese, and Turkish. A native of central Pennsylvania, David Fulmer lives in Atlanta with his wife Sansanee Sermprungsuk.
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The Blue Door based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This unpretentious book about an Italian American fighter who falls into the PI trade builds well honed characters, doesn't give away the ending, feels "really" 1960s with details about technology, music, costs of living, etc., which brought that era back to me. Well written in a plain way, the author has a gift of making his characters alive with human faults and good qualities.
The year is 1962 and in Philadelphia, welterweight boxer Eddie Cero is depressed as the throbbing cut over his eyebrow still bleeding which means the probable end of his boxing career as he lost to cheap shot artist T-Bone¿s head butt. When he leaves the Southside Boxing Club where he trains, Eddie wants to avoid everyone he knows until he has at least two drinks one to numb the physical pain the other the mental. He cuts across a dark alley only to come across two street punks roughing beating up an elderly man. Unable to stay out, Eddie intercedes and prevents Sal Giambroni from receiving a horrific beating. --- Sal buys Eddie a drink at the Corner Bar & Grill explaining he is a professional private-investigator. He offers Eddie work and although he thinks snooping is lower than boxing on the employment ethics scale, he needs to eat so he accepts with great reluctance case work with SG Confidential Investigations his prime tasks being surveillance and occasional muscle. He proves quite good, but soon becomes involved with the cold case disappearance in 1959 of Johnny Pope, lead singer of the Excels over the concern of Sal. As he remains their biggest fan, Eddie meets group member and Johnny¿s sister Valerie and investigates what happened to the lead singer of the Excels. --- THE BLUE DOOR is an exciting historical private investigative tale. Eddie is terrific as he holds the story line together his hunk lit asides add depth to 1962 when Bandstand ruled Rock and Roll. Readers will enjoy Eddie working the case, but it is the underbelly of the short-lived Camelot era that comes to vivid life that makes this a strong Philadelphia Noir. --- Harriet Klausner