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Smith, Carl T.

ISBN 10: 1887714472 / ISBN 13: 9781887714471
Published by Columbia, SC: Summerhouse, (1999) dj, 1999
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The author's first novel, one which "seamlessly moves from the recording studios of Nashville to the underworlds of New York and Philadelphia." SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 278 pp. Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.). Bookseller Inventory # 67551

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Publisher: Columbia, SC: Summerhouse, (1999) dj

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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"A Terrific Novel! The best insiders guide to Nashville and country music that I have ever read." -Pat Conroy, author of Beach Music and Prince of Tides

NASHVILLE 1968. John Ryan Stone, ex-army officer, ex-teacher, ex-husband and wannabe songwriter has been pushing his music for three years with no success. Down and out, his luck changes when he is invited to audition his songs for Don Hendrickson, one of Nashville's top producers. Although he is a reluctant performer, the raw earthiness of his voice and his sensual lyrics suggest a new direction in country music.

Stone is suddenly catapulted into a whirlwind of cutting demos, and making career plans that he has little say in. Soon he is flying to New York to sign a contract with Trayhorn International, a recording giant making its first foray into Nashville music. At Trayhorn he meets Kate Belden, a beautiful and focused promotion manager who is assigned to direct his career. What he doesn't know is that Trayhorn is infused with members of the Tedesco Crime Family, which is trying to take over the company and targets the rising star as the key to that end. All too soon, John Ryan and Kate find themselves enmeshed in the dark side of the music business involving bribery, threats, counterfeit records, cut-out schemes, and murder.

Carl T. Smith's first novel seamlessly moves from the recording studios of Nashville to the underworlds of New York and Philadelphia. Through a variety of colorful, romantic and dangerous characters, he skillfully weaves a tale of rising stardom, suspense, new-found love and innovation in the music industry. This book is sure to appeal to the country music fan and readers of suspense alike.

From the Inside Flap:

"Carl Smith handles his material about music with the same smooth expertise Cornwell does her autopsies and Grisham his legalese. I couldnt put it down!"-Charlotte Hughes, author of Night Kills.

"The rags-to-riches story reminded me a lot of the Kris Kristofferson story. I enjoyed it immensely."-Buddy Killen, CEO, KMG Records, Nasvhille.

"If youve ever wondered how the music business works, youll find the answers here. An authoritative and compelling novel, tough and tender alike," Les Standiford, author of Presidential Deal.

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