Devil's Red Nickel (C. J. Floyd #2)
by Robert Greer
When a beautiful woman hires CJ Floyd to look into the death of her famed DJ father, CJ soon discovers that the death of "Daddy Doo-Wop" is part of a bigger story, one that reaches back to Chicago in the fifties when the Mob called the tune. From payola to paychecks, from the dirtiest of deals to some old tapes that still might be worth gold, CJ stumbles into a world where...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 28th 2005 by Frog Books
(first published March 1st 1997)
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I loved all the local references, the minor hoodlums, the very recognizable mayor, the parades, the transsexuals, the semis hauling cattle and pigs, the R&B DJs, the fight over light rail. BUT would I read it if it weren't all Denver and Colorado? I don't know. The hometown appeal is very strong, but I'm not sure it would translate to another audience. I never did connect with CJ. Too complicated a character, too much unnecessary bakstory? I dunno. I'll have to read more.
Robert Greer, author of the CJ Floyd mystery series, lives in Denver, where he is a practicing surgical pathologist, research scientist, and Professor of Pathology and Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He also edits the High Plains Literary Review, reviews books for National Public Radio, and raises Black Baldy cattle on his ranch near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.More about Robert Greer...