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Dead Wood by Dani Amore
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Jul 17, 12

Read in July, 2012

In the exclusive enclave of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, a woman who builds custom guitars is murdered. A disgraced ex-cop turned private investigator is hired by the dead woman's father and immediately becomes the target of a violent ex-convict. An enigmatic music star performs damage control on her links to the dead woman. And a professional killer who idolizes Keith Richards is brought into town by a mysterious employer.

Dead Wood is what great mysteries are all about: love, hate, faith and vengeance, all wrapped up in an explosive story that simply refuses to let up. (Author description)

Dead Wood by Dani Amore is a PI novel but instead of gritty noir we get ironical normal, with a refreshing light touch. In this novel Amore introduces her PI John Rockne. He lives and works out of Grosse Point, an upmarket area, yet perilously close to Detroit. He is called on to investigate a murder by the victim's father, a scenario practically unheard of in Gross Point. This is a multi narrative novel and none of the strands disappoint. Ms Amore is adept at writing from any viewpoint,(victim, perpetrator or investigators) but her tour de force is the voice of John Rockne, in this superbly written thriller. Rockne quickly becomes your new best friend and leaves you wanting to read many more of his adventures.

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