Monday, March 18, 2019
The Girls in the Fourth Row, by Doug Allyn
This is Allyn's fourth appearance here.
I don't know if I would call it a subgenre exactly but there is a type of crime story known as the didactic mystery, in which the setting becomes part of the story. Dick Francis, for example, taught you something about horseracing in every book, but especially in the latter novels he would also inform you about a different industry: glassblowing, liquor, investment banking.
Doug Allyn is a form rock-and-roller and this story is about Murph, leader of an over-the-hill heavy metal, struggling to keep them all alive, functional, and headed down the road to the next paycheck. This gets complicated when, during a gig in Detroit, someone fires three shots at the lead guitarist, wiping out his Stratocaster and almost taking him with it. Or maybe the guitarist wasn't the intended target...
To get his band back on the road Murph needs to help the lieutenant dig into the past to find a potential killer, before he strikes again. A satisfying story.