Item description for Murder in the Choir by Joel B Reed...
When a famous black musician is shot down at his eightieth birthday celebration in a small settlement in rural Arkansas, no one can imagine why. Smiley Jones is a living legend, a sweet grandfatherly soul loved by all, and there is intense political pressure to find his killer. To solve the case, the sheriff calls in Jazz Phillips, renowned former head of the Arkansas CID. The governor calls in the FBI, whose bumbling Senior Agent almost blows the case. Despite the incompetence of the FBI, Jazz quickly discovers a dark side of Smiley Jones that yields a wide field of suspects. Narrowing the list down, Jazz discovers this is no simple murder and he finds himself plunged into the shadow world of national security. He also discovers he is on the trail of an international assassin. Jazz finds himself no longer the hunter but the prey of a man never seen, a professional who leaves no loose ends.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Publisher White Turtle Books
ISBN 1933482311 ISBN13 9781933482316
Availability 67 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 23, 2016 08:05.
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More About Joel B Reed
Reed is a shamanic priest, poet and drummer, as well as author of seven novels and other books on spirituality. He was raised in the racial and ethnic crucible of the desert Southwest.
Joel B. Reed currently resides in Pender, in the state of Nebraska.
Reviews - What do customers think about Murder in the Choir?
Great mystery with twists and turns Mar 1, 2006
Reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Reader Views (2/06)
"Murder in the Choir" is set in Oak Grove, Arkansas. When a famous black musician is shot at his 80th birthday celebration, Jazz Philips, is called on the case. Throughout the book, Jazz works with local cops, the FBI, Arkansas CID and a government agency. He learns that the musician Smiley Jones is not the sterling character he thought he was. After interviewing old friends of Smiley's, he becomes aware of what the man was really like.
There are several twists and turns in the book, which makes it more interesting for the reader. While it might not be an edge of your seat kind of book, it is a page turner none the less. The writer describes all the characters in detail making the reader feel like they know everyone involved. These characterizations draw you even further into the book. At the end of the book you are wishing it would keep going.
This is a book for anyone who loves mysteries. Personally I really enjoyed the book and will look for more by this particular author. "Murder in the Choir" is a puzzle that is solved with descriptive phrases and word pictures. It is definitely worth reading.
A unique reading experience! Jan 15, 2006
J.S. Phillips, or Jazz to his friends (a nickname left over from a high school coach's inability to articulate), is retired after 20 years with the Arkansas Criminal Investigation Department.
In his current capacity as consultant, he has agreed to assist his long-time friend and past coworker, Steve DiRado (Dee) in the investigation of a high-profile murder.
Set against the rich cultural backdrop of southern Arkansas, in a small community that seems not to have changed since the early 1940's, we meet a cast of interesting characters.
We meet The Soul Men Six, a group of black musicians with potential their religious upbringing wouldn't let them express. They have secrets they've kept all their lives while living in this tight-knit community, and now they are working diligently to keep them hidden.
With the death of Smiley Jones, a well-regarded, nationally known jazz musician, the community of Oak Grove comes under scrutiny. Some of those long-protected secrets begin to leak out--and many of them could be motives for murder!
In the meantime Dee is dealing with personal issues that affect his ability to do his job and are cause for him to consider making life changes. Jazz digs deep, follows the leads and with many twists and turns, comes out with the truth.
Armchair Interviews says: This regional author peppers his writing with colloquialisms and lyrical phrases offering the reader a unique reading experience.
A great start to a brand new series!!! Aug 11, 2005
Meet Jazz Phillips, former head of Arkansas Central Crime Division, (CID), who is now an independent consultant helping law enforcement on tough cases.
When Smiley Jones, a famous black musician, is shot dead on his eightieth birthday, the authorities can find no motive, so when his old friend Steve DiRado calls and asks for his help he can't refuse. What he doesn't know is that the FBI is already involved and to Jazz this is not a good thing, especially when he also finds out the Special Agent in charge just about blew the case!
His first stop is the crime scene, which is a mess, but he finds something the FBI did not and that sets the stage for an intense investigation on a very tough case. Along the way he finds Smiley had a dark side, which results in a long list of possible suspects. Eventually he realizes he's dealing with a matter of national security and on the trail of an international assassin. This story is full of twists and turns, along with lots of surprises that kept me on the edge of my seat through it all.
Joel Reed is not new to the world of books, but this is the first book of his I've read and it certainly won't be my last! He asked me to read it to get my opinion and I'm so glad I did because now I've discovered a great new author!
So if you're looking to read something new and exciting you definitely should give this book a try. I have first hand knowledge that Jazz Phillips will return next year and I can't wait!