Bird Lives!: An Evan Horne Mystery

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The murder of a saxaphone player and the enigmatic message left at the scene of the crime draw musician-turned-amateur sleuth Evan Horne into the search for a killer targeting jazz musicians.

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Practicing is one thing; working a gig, keeping things popping for two sets is another. That's the inside-the-head riff that makes jazz pianist Evan Horne, back for a fourth outing, jumpier than Tiger Rag. Its only when he actually starts to play that he can relax, that he knows he can trust the right hand so badly injured in a car smash-up. The gig goes well. Immediately in its wake comes a record offer. Evan is feeling good about his futureuntil, that is, he gets that phone call from Danny Cooper, a Santa Monica police lieutenant and very old friend. Danny needs Evans specialized insider help. A sax player has been found stabbed to death. But not just any sax player. Ty Rodman was a star, the kind jazz purists love to hate for his unabashed commercialism. Could that possibly be a motive for murder? Cooper wants Evan to find out. And, please, what does Bird Lives! mean, scrawled that way on Rodman's dressing-room wall? Evan explains the reference to the legendary Charley Bird Parker and then, inexorably, as so often in the past (The Sound of the Trumpet, 1997, etc.),finds himself where he'd rather not besmack in the middle of a murder investigation. His girl doesn't want him there, a certain FBI agent is clearly ill-disposed, yet Evan can't get out from under. Before the case finally breaks, three more musicians are dead at the hands of a merciless serial killer. And Evans own life has been changed, perhaps irrevocably. The jazz moments are high energy, vividly rendered; the mystery itself, though, is curiously pianissimo. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Jazz pianist Evan Horne improvises with the FBI in his latest after-hours murder investigation (following The Sound of the Trumpet). When a popular "smooth jazz" saxophone player is fatally stabbed in Horne's Southern Californian town, the piano man is called in by his best pal, Santa Monica homicide detective Danny Cooper, to decipher the clues left at the concert-hall crime scene, including the phrase "Bird Lives!" scrawled in blood on the dead man's dressing-room mirror. Soon it's revealed that two other fusion jazz musiciansAa guitarist and a piano playerAhave recently been murdered in New York City, and Horne helps move the case forward by figuring out the significance of the dates on which the three deaths occurred and of the music playing at each death scene. But his increasing involvement in the investigation begins to undermine both his new recording contract and his relationship with a long-time girlfriend, while opening up romantic possibilities with FBI Special Agent Andrea Lawrence. Although well-played, Moody's plot is less than compelling because it moves along predictable lines. The jazz esoterica and the unusual serial killer, however, should keep Evan Horne fans reading, and they will be pleased to see that the piano player has finally recovered from his hand injury. Agent, Philip J. Spitzer Agency.
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