Dead Barchetta

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
“Lerxst” Johnston doesn’t have an enemy in the world…so he thinks. Armed only with a guitar and endless questions, Lerxst escapes the discomfort of his beach home and hides out in New York City to learn the true identity of his would-be assailant. Instead he learns more about himself and what he needs to do to survive the next attempt on his life. What a long, strange trip it is.
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Published by DLP Books
Words: 73,700
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452458465
About Kathryn Lively

Kathryn Lively is an award-winning writer and editor, Slytherin, Big Bang Theorist, and Rush (the band) fan. She is an EPIC Award nominee and winner and has edited EPIC Award nominated titles for Phaze Books, Whiskey Creek Press, and FrancisIsidore ePress. She also maintains a pen name, L.K. Ellwood, for other mysteries.

She loves chocolate and British crisps and is still searching for a good US dealer of Japanese Kit Kat bars.

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Review by: lovestodive on July 29, 2011 :
4 1/2 stars
Right in the middle of a kick ass rock and roll dream in which he is the star, Matt Johnston awakens to someone trying to smother him with a pillow. Knocking his assailant away from him, he discovers it’s a small framed girl who has a huge grudge against him. Years ago a person with his name wrote a nasty letter to the producers of a series that had just begun which was going to give her father his big break as an actor. The series was cancelled and her father eventually committed suicide, now the girl is out to seek revenge against the man she thinks is responsible. Thus begins a series of events, each more bizarre than the previous, that will take Matt from his small town life as a guitar teacher/band member to the world of mobsters and cults.
Full of great one liners, ex-hippies and behind the scenes glimpses into the world of music, this book was just downright fun to read. Poor Matt just tries to do the right thing and manages to get himself into one scrape after another. He lives at home with his onetime ex-Woodstock hippy grandmother who grows “medicinal” pot in a greenhouse in the back, teaches guitar to make money to partially support himself all the while try to stem off advances of horny cougars, plays in a Rush tribute band on the side and really, isn’t that a good enough life for anyone? This book is full of quirky, off kilter characters, Matt himself goes by the name Lerxst who is the guitarist for Rush, and he is possibly the most normal person around. Lerxst manages to get himself into the kind of trouble that puts him on the run from the police, while trying to figure out how to get himself out his mess he finds out there is more to his little, peaceful family than he ever could have imagined.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book to read it, while a child of the 70s Rush wasn’t the kind of music I listened to and a book about a tribute band to them didn’t sound like my cup of tea. How wrong can a person be? I loved this book, Lerxst manages to take everything that happens in stride and still maintain a sense of humor, which you just gotta love. The characters he is surrounded by are just weird enough to keep you interested and there is a decent little plot twist going on that you will not see coming. The only off thing for me was there were a lot of references to Rush, their music, band members that, not being a fan, I just didn’t get. There is a tiny little bit of violence in the book and some sex, although neither are explicit or offensive and are integral to the story. The plot is a little complicated but works itself out and you don’t mind since you tend to get caught up in the fun of it all. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys quirky characters, fun off beat adventures, snappy dialogue and just a little bit of a mystery thrown in.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Judy Cox on July 20, 2011 :
I love mysteries!! This was definitely fast paced with action on just about every page. Looking forward to a sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: John Poindexter on June 30, 2011 :
A nice action-packed mystery. Looking forward to the next installment.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: wrytersblockDH on June 20, 2011 :
This book was fantastic.
As a huge Rush fan I giggled and guffawed at all of the sly references Lively packed into this book. I'm eagerly awaiting the next look into Lerxst's life in the sequel, Dead Sector A.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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