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Mirror Ball Man

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
"Bullet holes in a Life Is Great T-shirt. It was the kind of cheap irony I would have written a song about, normally. But it wasn't so funny when it happened to someone I knew." Singer Baxter McLean had one hit in the 1980s, "Mirror Ball Man," but he's barely scraped by as a barroom folksinger ever since. Now yuppies and developers are taking over the funky little harbor t ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 11th 2010 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Feb 11, 2015 Annette rated it really liked it
I really like Joel Brown's writing.

Baxter is a one hit wonder. When he was young he had a huge hit with the folk song Mirror Ball Man.

That was a long time ago.

Now he is a divorced musician with a son he loves and very little money. He lives in Libertyport where everyone knows him, and most people like him. It is a coastal town that has the townies being edged out by the yuppies who want to gentrify their world.

One morning as he is doing his early morning walk, he discovers a body. And then thin
Feb 24, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Very good read.

The hero, a failed folksinger who had one hit decades earlier (the 'Mirror Ball Man' of the title), lives in a Massachusetts harbor tourist town. Baxter McLean now sings mostly at bars and bemoans the surge of yuppies and developers taking over his town.

When one of the would-be developers is shot right after Baxter sings a fiery song against his hotel project at a zoning hearing, Baxter's a suspect. Between Baxter trying to prove to the law and the town that he's innocent, and dea
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Jul 04, 2012 Linda Denison rated it really liked it
A one-hit music-man now lives in a waterfront town where a would-be hotel developer is murdered. The music-man is the prime suspect so he decides to poke around and play detective. This was a great read, and a puzzle of a mystery.
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This was a fantastic mystery. Also quite the page turner. I couldn't put it down. You will be totally shocked by the ending. I have a lot of friends who read this one and had the same experience. If you like mysteries, this is a must read.
Feb 08, 2012 Linda added it
Lots of fun, especially if you're from the area. Quick 'beach' read.
Feb 18, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
As a New England native, I really enjoyed the books setting. It was a good story. I will most likely read Joel's other book.
Mar 30, 2012 Mfly rated it liked it
Enjoyed the humor.
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Recommended to Emily by: Free Kindle book that looked interesting
Quick read. The plot kept me guessing and I was surprised with the ending.
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I write for the Boston Globe, and many others. I've also worked for, the Boston Herald, the Daily Southtown in Chicago and the Greenfield Recorder in Massachusetts. I'm a native of Cambridge, Mass., a lifelong Red Sox fan and a Newburyport resident.
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