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Felonious Jazz: A Novel

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Jeff Davis Swaine digs up evidence for a Raleigh, North Carolina, trial law firm. Like Raleigh, Swaine is Southern with blue-collar roots but now finds himself more at home in an Audi convertible than a rusty Ford pickup. When one of the firm's clients comes home to find his McMansion burglarized -- and his new wife's dog dead in the kitchen -- the man suspects his ex-wife ...more
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published (first published May 8th 2009)
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Laura Cushing
Leonard Noblac, a jazz bassist with an inability to improvise, is working on his new album. He's found a source of inspiration - crime. How Leonard learns to improvise through his crime spree is both disturbing and fascinating. He is a richly complex character that you can't help but sympathize with, even as you cringe for his descent into madness.

Leonard's genius, coupled with his lack of ability to improvise and his diminished empathy made me wonder if he was somewhere on the autism spectrum.
This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to but even though I’m an inexperienced audiobook listener, I would have to say that there could not have been a better narrator for this than the author himself. The author, knowing his characters best, is able to portray each character’s personality differently through the use of varying accents and a changing tone of voice.

The book starts off with a burglary scene in the upper-class suburb of Rocky Falls, a fictitious town in North Carolina, during w
David Crosby
Well, what to say here. A new author but experienced writer, who I happened upon in the aisles of a Raleigh bookstore. This was cool, the chance to get an author to sell their book to me. Bryan managed it, his enthusiasm was infectious and I happily parted with my hard earned pounds dollars.
So, how did it go? An uneasy start for me, not the initial unexpected violence, but the feeling that I was jumping in to the middle of a story and I ought to know more about these characters. It soon settled
This was a crime caper type book. It was set in the Raleigh area so that was really fun for me to read about placed I know. It was a bit longer and drawn out than it needed to be though. But overall it was a good, fun read.
Kind of demented, but a good story.
Good book, with a twist at the end
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