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Peter O'Browne, managing director of Camden Town Records, is missing. Is his disappearance connected with a mysterious fire that ravages his north London home? And just who was using his credit card in darkest Dorset?
Although up to his neck in other cases - including a sex murder and a particularly vicious attack on an old woman - Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy and his team investigate, plumbing the hidden depths of London's music industry, turning up chart-rigging scams, blackmail and worse.
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Musical references of the pop persuasion dot this tasty first mystery by a noted British rock promoter like raisins in a good rice pudding. Starting with the title (a Nick Lowe song), sounds and quotes (by Don Williams, Paul Simon, ABBA, and Laurie Anderson) follow North London police inspector Christy Kennedy through his investigation of murder and arson in the recording industry. Paul Charles lives in and obviously loves the Camden Town neighborhood he writes about with shrewd affection ("There's nothing like staring down the barrel of a revolver to give a person a clear head. Usually such sharpness of vision occurs on early walks on Primrose Hill..."). The neighborhood itself becomes an important character in his lively, detail-rich story about Kennedy's search for a missing record tycoon. Even if you've never been to London or listened to Nick Lowe, you should enjoy I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass.From the Inside Flap:
Praise for Last Boat to Camden Town
"This fast-paced, easy-to-read first novel (Last Boat to Camden Town) will have readers eagerly anticipating his second."
- The Tampa Tribune
"I predict a long series life for Kennedy, and wonder if the series hits bestsellerdom if there will be a tea named after Kennedy."
- Maggie Mason, Deadly Pleasures
"With no graphic violence or sex, this cozy police procedural will also appeal to fans of tradtional whodunits."
- Publishers Weekly
"Readers will enjoy this tale due to the protagonist, a fine unassuming police detective steadily doing his job."
- Harriet Klausner, The Midwest Book Review
"Last Boat to Camden Town is fast paced with delightful characters. Written without an unnecessary word..."
- BookLoons Review
"...Christy is an appealingly unpretentious hero fit to while away a quiet couple of hours."
- Kirkus Reviews
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Book Description Do Not Pr, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1899344160
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