Reviewed By: Jeff Kreider - RAM
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Baron R. Birtcher
Series: Mike Travis
Roadhouse Blues, is the first from Baron R. Birtcher. Mike Travis, recently retired from the LAPD, is summoned back on the job to help in the investigation of the return of a serial killer that had plagued his last few years on the force. Travis bears the calluses caused by his years as a homicide detective and does not want to return to the life, but the unfinished business calls to him and in spite of the risks to his new relationship, his own sanity, and his protestations to the contrary, he willingly accepts the job. The clues left by the killer don't seem to be, as has been characterized, as "plea for help". Rather, it is apparently evidence of a very personal agenda by the culpret. The victims seem to be all staged, postmortem, as if part of a ritual. The story weaves around the music of Jim Morrison from The Doors.
It was a good read, hard-boiled and more polished than I'd expect from a first time author. Birtcher's next book has just been released, Ruby Tuesday, and is apparently continuing the musical theme.
Jeff Kreider - RAM
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