Rock Critic Murders

Martin Fender is a blues bassist and part-time detective in the hothouse music scene in Austin, Texas in the mid-1980s. In this complex and quirky novel, desperate rock critics who hold a grudge against Martin's old band are murdered over a missing kilo of cocaine. Real estate scammers, a suicidal guitarist and a homicidal redhead make for a thrill-ride at 120 decibels. More

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About Jesse Sublett III

Author, musician and artist, Jesse Sublett has been a force in the music and culture scene in Austin, Texas since the late 1970s, when his band, the Skunks, were the vanguard of the new music scene there. Best known for his crime fiction series of Martin Fender novels, Jesse has also received high praise for his memoir, "Never the Same Again: A Rock n' Roll Gothic," with its riveting account of his life as a struggling musician, cancer survivor, and the murder of his girlfriend by a serial killer. Jesse also does ghost writing and has written extensively for nonfiction television.


Backstage with Jesse Sublett & Martin Fender with Robert Draper, Bestselling Author
Robert Draper, an esteemed writer for GQ magazine and author of a bestselling biography of former President George W. Bush, was once, believe it or not, part of the Austin punk-new wave scene and a friend of Jesse Sublett, whose band, the Skunks, was one of the hottest and loudest bands in the Lone Star State. Robert recorded this message for the enhanced iPad version of the novel.

"St. James Infirmary Blues," performed by Jesse Sublett
Jesse Sublett, author of "Rock Critic Murders," plus the two Martin Fender sequels, "Tough Baby" and "Boiled in Concrete," has been playing in Austin clubs since the 1970s. Here he does his solo upright bass version of the old broadside blues ballad classic, "St. James Infirmary Blues."

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