Written in dead wax

by Cartmel, Andrew,

Format: Print Book 2016
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He is a record collector -- a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the "Vinyl Detective" and some people take this more literally than others.

Like the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording -- on behalf of an extremely wealthy (and rather sinister) shadowy client.

Given that he's just about to run out of cat biscuits, this gets our hero's full attention. So begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Jazz-loving mystery fans have plenty of similarly inclined sleuths to follow from Bill Moody's Evan Horne through Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch but this series debut, about an unnamed vinyl detective, adds the crazy world of record collectors to the mix. Our hero, a failed London DJ turned LP finder, makes a meager living just enough to keep his two rambunctious cats in kibble and him in high-end coffee beans by tracking down whatever obscure vinyl recording his clients desire, though jazz is his specialty. So it seems like his ship has come in when a fetching Louise Brooks look-alike arrives on his doorstep, checkbook in hand, asking him to track down a 1950s recording on a small label by a piano player who died mysteriously shortly thereafter. It's off to the jumble sales, but soon enough it becomes clear that our guy and gal have competition who are willing to play dirty. The plot gets a little far-fetched (and Cartmel definitely overplays the now-you're-dead-now-you're-not card), but this one is all about mood (jaunty and clever, in swinging, four-four time) and frame story (jazz history mixed with geeky references to Ortofon Rohmann cartridges and Roksan Xerxes turntables). Vinyl fans, this one's for you.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The vinyl detective, the narrator of this fast-paced, lighthearted adventure from Cartmel (Doctor Who: Atom Bomb Blues), is a failed London disc jockey, who scratches out a living by scouting collectable LPs in thrift shops and used-record stores and selling them at inflated prices to serious collectors. The action picks up when an alluring woman, Nevada Warren, offers him a hefty sum to track down the first American pressing of a jazz album issued by a Los Angeles-based label in 1955. It's not likely to turn up in the British Isles, but the detective accepts the commission. In the course of his quest, he scatters endless bits of jazz history and sound-equipment technicalities that will please jazz buffs and audiophiles alike. Who is Warren's employer, and why is this particular LP so valuable? It takes most of the book, "Side One," to answer these questions. Unfortunately, Cartmel deconstructs the previous narrative in "Side Two," which isn't bad but comes as a letdown after the marvelously inventive and endlessly fascinating first section. Agent: Tom Witcomb, Blake Friedmann Literary, Film & TV Agency (U.K.). (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series The vinyl detective
#1 - Written in dead wax
#2 - The Run-out groove
Subjects Sound recordings -- Collectors and collecting -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher London :Titan Books,2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 477 pages ; 20 cm.
ISBN 9781783297672
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