Book Of The Day – Tommy’s Song

by Ron on December 24, 2014

Today’s Book of the Day is a Mystery novel by Michael Mears. Tommy’s Song has a 5.0 star rating and is only 99 cents!

“Once again Michael Mears demonstrates superb skills as a story-teller with an eye for the most precise of details to bring to life a murder mystery set in a specific period.” Rita – Amazon Reviewer



Tommy’s Song
by Michael Mears
Rating: 5.0 Stars
Genre: Mystery
Price: $0.99

 

1969. The U.S. is roiled by war and social upheaval. The country’s soundtrack has shifted from crooners to rock n roll, and every kid with a guitar wants to be the next Clapton or Hendrix. It may be the Age of Aquarius, but music is a business, a cutthroat one at that.

Just as Tommy Dayton’s band hits the big time with a mega record deal, Tommy falls to his death. Was it an accident, suicide, or murder? Tommy leaves behind the lyrics to a new song. They suggest foul play.

Jack Penn was Tommy’s best friend and had once been a member of his band. Jack and two other friends set out to unravel the mystery of Tommy’s death. Following his lyrics, they travel to the Mississippi Delta, New York and San Francisco, as well as Woodstock and Altamont. The roots of rock n roll stretch back to the cotton fields where the blues were born, but the record deals are cut on the coasts where everyone is looking for an edge. Talent alone guarantees nothing, so the question becomes – what price fame?

The story unfolds with a wide cast of characters. Some are famous, others are not. The cast includes elderly bluesmen, rednecks, small town sheriffs, East Coast bluebloods, promoters, agents, record executives, gangsters, club owners, politicians, surfers, bikers, drug dealers, cultural gurus, high-powered lawyers, gonzo journalists, think tank academics, and rock musicians from wannabes to superstars. Who among them is trustworthy? And is there a killer among them?

For Jack, the quest is about more than Tommy’s death. He has his own set of demons. Jack’s future depends on confronting his past. The road changes every traveler for better or worse. Which will it be for Jack and his friends as they work though the puzzle of “Tommy’s Song?”

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

A good mystery is enhanced by the research which Mr. Mears did on the music business and the cultural unrest in the U.S. in the late ’60s. The plot works, even with the number of twists, turns and surprises involved in this tale. All in all, a very good way to spend an evening or two.

*******

Tommy’s Song is a fantastic read for mystery fans seeking a diversion from the traditional hard boiled detective stories. Furthermore, the setting is incredibly well established and makes for an enthralling excursion into the past. This is a novel that really rocks.

*******

This is a mystery well told. At its conclusion, you will be savoring the complexity, the rock culture throughout and rethinking your original conclusions about the characters and the murder. Get to know Jack Penn and enjoy the ride.

*******

I loved the way it was written. It kept my attention 100% and I could not put it down until I finished the last page. Kudos to Mr. Mears!!!!

Get Tommy’s Song here: Tommy’s Song

About The Author

Michael Mears is a retired trial lawyer with a lifelong interest in history. He is now working on another Temple mystery, as well as a thematic history of the United States.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Michael Mears and ENT appreciate it.

 

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