The Blue Cheer (The P.I. Frank Johnson Mystery Series #3)
His ensuing investigation uncovers a cult called the Blue Cheer, a racist group with ugly terrorist plans. As events heat up, blood starts to spill, and for Frank it all gets...more
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Lynskey's black Irish Private Investigator Frank Johnson, suffering from burnout and depression, has been drawn to the relatively simple way...more
Like any good detective Frank takes a few lumps along the way: he tangles with a corrupt lawman and gets treated to a tour of Scarab'...more
When Jan Maddox, the wife of his only friend in West Virginia is found brutally murdered shortly after Johnson witnesses a Stinger missile being fired, he finds it's too much of a coincidence for the two events not to be related. He and Old Man Maddox s...more
This is a fast moving story that is hard to put...more
It was pretty good. I liked the topic and the characters. Though some of the descriptions got in the way, so I skimmed them. (I'm much more a story person than a detail person.)
So, now I've read a book by my new friend Ed Lynskey.
Turns out that Stingers are more or less incidental to the action here, which ce...more
I agree with others - an old-style hardboiled detective novel. But with new twists - a Stinger missile; militia types; racist, anti-religion terrorists. Despite some irritating aspects, the main plot and Frank Johnson lured me into this book during a lull in availability of more current bestsellers at the library.
Initially I found the writing style very interesting, a surprising contrast to the personality of the main character. The tone of the prose was unexpected in a novel that otherwise app...more
Somewhere just before the middle section started, this enjoyment waned. This was partly due to a plot point (no spoilers) and a lot due to the storytelling just becoming very stretched out. The whole middle of the book could have been so much tighter - the plot didn't need all that room to breathe and the pace before the slowdown had been excellent and quick. Perhaps Lynskey was trying to make a certain page count?
Action-packed mystery that I had a bit of a problem following in places.
Interesting twists I didn't see coming. Had to do the occasional reading back a few pages to completely follow certain events.
Satisfying wrap-up that ties together the various mysteries as to who killed who and why.
Especially nice to read knowledgeable comments regarding particular well-known to nigh-obscure Bluegrass music artists.
By the way- the copy I own is not the one that is pictured above.
Ed Lynskey writes crime fiction and is the author of the P.I. Frank Johnson Mystery Series and the Isabel and Alma Trumbo Cozy Mystery Series.
I have published 14 novels and short story collections. Here's a brief overview.
1. Smoking on Mount Rushmore is my short story collection of the best stories I published over the past decade.