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“Our lives are lived between madness and secrets.”

The year is 1978. Arena rock is at its peak, and British rock band Leviathon is at the top of the charts.

Carys Sterling, the daughter of Leviathon’s lead singer, Allyn Sterling, is kidnapped. Assigned to lead the investigation for the missing girl are Paul Taglia and Jeff Kincaid, partners for seven years with LAPD's Missi
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Paperback, 1st, 321 pages
Published October 31st 2013 by Ex Caliban Publishing - an imprint of Pendraig Publishing, Los Angeles
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Emmanuelle
Nov 14, 2013 Emmanuelle rated it it was amazing
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Somewhat at a loss for words to describe "Bird of Paradise" by G.J. Paterson ... But I will try: engaging, moving, suspenseful, intelligent, compelling, sensitive, intense, addictive. A finely-wrought mystery which steadily builds to a tense, white-knuckle conclusion that grabs you for the wild hundred-page final ride and doesn't let go.

The story was clearly carefully thought-out; this was no "Write your novel in 30 days!". The dialogue is smart and well-crafted. The author shows a deep understa
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This was an engaging read, loved all MCs, although the plot during the final 20-25% was too overloaded. Little less would have been better.
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This was an interesting book,with a well-wrought mystery, but rather heavy and dark in tone with all the guilt and angst. I could never quite warm up to the characters.
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2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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G. J. Paterson lives in Tulsa, OK, with her partner of 35 years (and spouse since 2008), along with a passle of furkids. She writes book reviews for The Gayly, a regional newspaper in Oklahoma City, as well as the San Francisco, Portland and San Diego Book Reviews. She is at work on two new novels: one a mystery set in current-day Oklahoma, and the other a fantasy novel set in a time and place ...more
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“Our lives are lived between madness and secrets... Our secrets make us who we are." - Derek Quinn” 2 likes
“It never was about the musician or the instrument - it was about the laser notes in a hall of mirrors, the music itself. It was going to change the world for the better and it has. Maybe not as fast or as much as we wanted, but it has and it still will. Whether your name is Mozart, or Django Reinhardt, or Robert Johnson, or Jimi Hendrix, or whoever is next; who you are doesn't matter so long as you can open that conduit and let the music come through. It is the burning edge, whatever it sounds like and whoever is playing it. It is the noisy, messy, silly, invincible voice of life that comes through the LP on the turn-table, the transistor radio, or the Bose in your new Lexus that makes you want to get up out of whatever you are stuck in and dance. It is Dionysus and the Maenads all over again. No one can control it and I pity whoever tries. I am old now and only a house cat sunning herself in the window - but I was a tigress once, and I remember. I still remember.” 1 likes
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