Benny Plays the Blues

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Where murder and music intersect, Benny Hager feels the squeeze. In the confusion, Benny finds reconciliation with a troubled past and the support of a new love.

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Language: English
ISBN: 9780741457486
About John Wolf

John Wolf, author of “Orphan Records”, “A Dark and Stormy Knight”, “Harmonics”, “Of Beryl & Alabaster” and "Benny Plays the Blues." Also, a mess of short stories.

I've been a hack musician most of my life. I spent 13 years as a navigator in the Air Force, pursued a profession as an engineer, and retired to writing action stories and mysteries. All of these things, plus the odd environment of growing up in New Mexico has given me a joyful perch from which to look out onto life.

I was a songwriter for several years, but found being lost in the constructs of writing a novel more fulfilling. The songs were just short stories, my short stories vignettes of ideas, the novels a real sense of being out there riding the waves.

John writes from his home in San Diego, California.

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Review by: Donna Jaske on Feb. 12, 2010 :
After you read the e-book, it’s worth buying the print copy just to enjoy the beautiful cover artwork. You’ll definitely want to keep this on your library shelf.
Why is Benny playing the blues? Is it the father he lost, or the crazy, mixed up relationship with his new girlfriend, or maybe the gangster out to kill him, or the cops trying to arrest him?
Benny wants only to play the saxophone and to enjoy his music, but he ends up almost dead and becomes the prime suspect in a murder/jewelry heist. The story alternates between his music performances and his travels from Vegas to New York to Paris and more as he tries to avoid the cops and the bad guys while attempting to clear his name.
Every mystery has the beautiful woman, and Benny finds himself drawn to the mysterious Brenda who is much more than she seems. Some days just staying alive is the best you can do.
This is a story for the reader who enjoys a quick, easy read and a look into the backstage of the music business.
Donna Jaske Editor
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: james beck on Jan. 29, 2010 :
This is a great read which would be of particular interest to musicians and the general public at large. The plot is a mixture of a son who doesn't appreciate his musically talented dad until late in life, mixed with a touch of the unlawful and the requisit police detective, culminating in a very satisfactory and unusual ending. The beat is fast to moderate, meaning it is hard to put down on the night stand at night to finally go to sleep.

I have also read the other four excellent novels written by Mr. Wolf. Being a voracious reader of all genres, I can only say that this book along with the other four books of Mr. Wolf, should be in the top 20 for reads.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Pauline Hager on Jan. 20, 2010 :
Benny Plays the Blues is a fast-moving, action-packed murder mystery. Benny Hager is a decent person and a talented musician, whose main love is plaing his saxophone, and works the clubs on the Las Vegas strip for a living. He is inadvertently mixed up in a bungled jewelry heist. Two men are killed in the process, and Benny is the main suspect, although the police can't fing the smoking gun. A chain of events takes Benny from Las Vegas to New York, then to Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, and back to New York, with a trail of criminals and the police not too far behind.

As Benny stays one step ahead of the police, bad things happen to him, but eventually his girlfriend and other loyal friends help him clean up the mess and clears his name. He inherits a boutique hotel with a bistro attached: an ideal venue for a jazz group. Life is sweet, but why does Benny Plays the Blues. What happened?
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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