"Mirror Ball Man," a Libertyport mystery, By Joel Brown
Bio: I'm a lifelong newspaperman, currently writing arts and features mostly for the Boston Globe. I live in Newburyport, Mass.
Product description: "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 town of Libertyport, Massachusetts, where he lives. When he sings a protest song against a waterfront hotel project, Baxter finds himself the prime suspect in at least one murder. Solving the case himself is the only way out. On the bright side, the publicity might jump-start his career - and his love life.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book? It's a mystery, and it's serious about murder, but it's also kinda funny, especially as it looks at conflicts between townies and artists and yuppies in a tough little Massachusetts fishing port turned blue-state paradise.
Q: Why did you go indie? Two years of agent-shopping that was like a lot of high school dates I had - lots of preliminaries, no consummation. I was either going to shove it in a drawer and forget it, or go the indie route.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? Ross MacDonald in the 1960s is the greatest ever. Today I like Ian Rankin's Rebus novels, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, and stuff on the wackier edge, especially Carl Hiaasen.Blog
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