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Good Morning, Heartache (Philip Damon Mystery #2)
Damon and his orchestra are in L.A. for a gig at the Cocoanut Grove. But when the body of his trumpeter is found washed up on the shore, he sets out with Hercules Platt, ex-cop-turned-sax-player, to find the hidden truth behind Hollywood's facade.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Berkley
(first published 2003)
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While this wasn't a bad book, it wasn't memorable either. The plot focused on a band leader whose stand-in trumpet player was found murdered. Of course the ending wraps up neatly (too neatly in my opinion) and the whodunit was essentially figured out by the bandleader's fellow musician who conveniently is a former investigator. I did like the Hollywood in the 1960s setting and the characters were likeable enough, but I probably won't read a book from this series again. I give it a C- -.