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It's the long, hot summer of 1958 and struggling private eye Johnny Davis embarks on a seemingly routine missing person case which drags him out of his comfort zone of sharp suits, bottle blondes and Tiki bars into a nightmare world of mind-altering drugs, deception and murder. From the cocktail lounges and beatnik clubs of LA to the desert resort of Palm Springs and the i ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Hungry Eye Books
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Will Viharo
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Authentic, vintage "tiki noir" pulp with an edge, and twist. Period details are perfectly painted. Stylish and suspenseful.
Justin
This book is a 2.5. I was hoping for a book set in Hawaii, and we do make it to Hawaii but not until the second half. The protagonist is not very bright, and a dull first person private detective is the worst kind of private detective. I don’t have a lot of good things to say about this novel, so I will leave it at that.
Chris
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Ritual of the Savage" by Jay Strongman was given to me as a new year's present on a Friday, and by Saturday I had not only started it but finished the last chapter. It is captivating! I love 50's Americana and this book brings you right into that era, combining the fictitious adventures (I presume) of our Private eye with real people, sounds and events of the late 50's.

Although this is a detective novel, it doesn't have the one-dimensional characters so often found in this genre. Instead, we ar
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Martin Oroyan
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book gets the full five stars and more if they were to be had. It took me to places I remember from times in my life very close to me, but now seeming like a lifetime away. From the musical references to the detail of style of a bygone era, to being kept on the edge of my seat until the last page. I won't give anything away here, so get it and read it (preferably with no interruptions).
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Jay Strongman has always been involved in the underground elements of popular culture, both as a journalist and a participant. His writing credits include articles in The Sunday Times, The Face, i-D, Vogue and the New Musical Express. In 1979 Jay opened London’s first neo-rockabilly store before beginning a legendary career as a DJ and spending much of the ’80s and ’90s gigging around the world; h ...more

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