The death of one saxophone player is a tragedy, the murder of several is a jazz session from hell.
The author Bill Moody who is a professional jazz drummer himself, who perfectly blends the music of jazz with mystery in his newest Evan Horne novel "Bird Lives."
Jazz pianist Evan Horne is making a comeback, a car accident prevented him from playing the piano for a year. But tonight at Ruth Prices' Jazz Bakery in Culver City, California (a Southern California club) his confidence is high, the set goes well. He's approached by a record Executive for a recording contract . Things couldn't get any better. What he hadn't considered, though , was that a murderer was going to add some startling improvisations.
The news of a dead sax player Ty Rodman (Rodman whose blues riff and rock beat created "smooth jazz sounds", a clone of Kenny G) The killing abruptly changes matters for Horne.
It's no surprise that Santa Monica police Lieutenant Danny Cooper, a very old friend, ask Horne for answers, he'd helped them before when death stalked the music community. It's clear to Horne, in his investigations what has taken place and confirms the Santa Monica's police suspicions....Scrawled on the wall above Rodman's body is "Bird Lives" the same words that appeared on the walls all over the world after Charlie Parker's death and the same words that will appear next to another corpse. What is the motive for the murder?
Horne finds himself in the middle of the murder investigation, and it causes a riff between him and his girlfriend and a question in the mind of the record label executive.
With the involvement of the FBI, the hunt for the killer takes Horne from La to San Francisco and performing at a concert in Las Vegas with an old acquaintance to track the killer. This time, though, Evan could lose his life.
Bill Moody's character Evan Horne is a warm likable hero, Moody manages to juggle the plot and characters expertly. With his knowledge of jazz he has constructed a mystery that is a must read for jazz and crime fans alike.The death of one saxophone player is a tragedy, the murder of several is a jazz session from hell. The author Bill Moody who is a professional jazz drummer himself, who perfectly blends the music of jazz with mystery in his newest Evan Horne novel "Bird Lives."