Some authors dazzle with a debut novel, only to find themselves never able to replicate their first effort. Others start out with a fairly good effort and improve, and that is the case with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (288 pages, Minotaur Books, $24.99), the second entry in Deborah Grabien’s series featuring aging rocker JP Kinkaid. As the book opens, JP — one of the megastars of Blacklight — is doing session work in San Francisco for his friends The Bombardiers. Trouble is, the group’s lead singer recently died, and his replacement is an arrogant and abrasive creep. When the creep is found dead — smashed in the forehead with his guitar — JP and his longtime love, Bree Godwin, again find themselves involved in a murder case.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is more of a whodunit than Grabien’s debut, “Rock & Roll Never Forgets,” with Grabien creating a cast of suspects and playing fair with clues. What hasn’t changed is the keen sense of life backstage and all the hard work that goes into creating music that Grabien imparts to the reader. Rockers — aging or not — will find this enjoyable and realistic.
Causes Deborah Grabien Supports
EMILY's List (early member), Amnesty International (member on two continents for thirty years), Animal Welfare causes (we rescue feral cats), NARAL and...