SPECIMEN SONG by Peter Bowen


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 Back from a stint playing the fiddle and brushing with murder at a folk festival in the wilds of the nation's capital, sometime investigator Gabriel Du PrÇ reluctantly agrees to accompany festival director Paul Chase on a trip into the scarcely less wild reaches of Montana in search of some new old music. Trouble seems to follow Chase, who bails out of the expedition and, back in D.C., becomes the police suspect for two more murders. Though he agrees that Chase is a sociopath, Du PrÇ thinks the real killer is only using him for cover, and gets his chance to prove it on another outing in upstate New York. Du PrÇ's demotic patois, which skims endearingly over city complexities, ends up reducing the victims, the motive, and the killer to a joke that's a cut below his debut in Coyote Wind (1994).

Pub Date: April 20th, 1995
ISBN: 0-312-11896-1
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1995


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