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Jamaica Blue

Jamaica Blue

Don Bruns

Minotaur Books

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When successful and charming rock journalist Mick Sever goes to Jamaica to see the 'next big thing', a reggae/rap band with a flare for hypnotic beats and violent lyrics, he finds that there's more than just sun, sand and music on the island of Jamaica. Danger, lies, sex and murder abound in the tropical paradise.

Led by front man Derrick Lyman, a talented and captivating performer with a radical political message, the band seems set for instant stardom. But then a young girl is savagely murdered at an afterparty celebrating the band's first American concert in Miami. Roland Johnson, the band's security guard is caught, with a knife in his hand at the crime scene. Roland is arrested and charged with murder. For all involved the case is closed - all except Mick Sever.

Sever, a relentless and charming sleuth, isn't convinced that the simple guard is the cold-blooded killer everyone thinks he is. Stories of other murders and violence that follow the band lead Sever to believe there is more to the story than meets the eye. Threatened by the band, the police, and dangerous unknown assailants, Sever with the help of his beautiful and intelligent ex-wife Ginny, is determined to learn the truth.

In the world of music, with double deals, beautiful women and sexy sounds, nothing is as it seems. Set against the exotic backdrops of Florida and Jamaica, this is an edgy, atmospheric, edge-of-your-seat mystery that will keep you guessing right up to the shocking ending.

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JAMAICA BLUE (Chapter One)
I'm tellin' ya, Mick, this kid is like the second coming of Bob Marley." Bobby Vane waggled his fat index finger at a waitress as he stuffed another shrimp in his mouth. "We got him comin' over here to tour with Brandy...

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Praise for Jamaica Blue

"Well-paced prose, unnerving, high-speed action, and lively subject matter merit this attention, especially from readers interested in music. A solid debut." - Library Journal

"Don Bruns has staked out his turf...sex, drugs, rock & roll, and murder. What more could you want?" - Sue Grafton, bestselling author of the Alphabet series

"Murder and suspense, hot Caribbean music and steamy Miami nights - Jamaica Blue smolders with passion and danger." - Steve Hamilton, Edgar and Shamus Award Winning author of the Alex McKnight series

"Pulsating, clever debut. Mixes the right beat of rock, suspense, and character that keeps you hanging on." - Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

"A bright, fresh, dead-on debut from a great new voice...buy it now and get in on the ground floor with an important new writer." - Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series

"A dark mystery with more than a dash of blood, Jamaica Blue goes down easy as a good margarita. This is a damn fine first novel." - William Kent Krueger, Barry and Anthony Award-Winning author of the Cork O'Connor series

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Don Bruns

Don Bruns is a songwriter, musician and advertising executive. Don and his family live in Ohio, and frequent Florida and the Caribbean. Jamaica Blue is his first book.

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