Jun 26, Richard Gazala rated it really liked it. Nelson DeMille once said, "We're all pilgrims on the same journey -- but some pilgrims have better road maps. In the twisted wreckage of sacrificing his family and nearly his life on the irre Nelson DeMille once said, "We're all pilgrims on the same journey -- but some pilgrims have better road maps. In the twisted wreckage of sacrificing his family and nearly his life on the irreparably warped altar of the popular song, Erickson gambles what's left of his future on a doomed dive into reality television production funded by a heartless Russian gangster's million dollars.
Erickson's venture fails monumentally, and he'll have to surrender to the Russian the secret cash stashed in Erickson's home safe to buy himself and his estranged son long lives. Ungraciously accompanied by a couple of the Russian's thugs, Erickson opens his safe only to find a compact disc where his own million bucks used to hide.
But it's not a total loss -- the CD has a blues song whose peculiar lyrics point Erickson towards the Mississippi Delta crossroads where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson purportedly traded his soul to the devil for guitar mastery. The song hints Johnson's crossroads is where Erickson will discover his heisted treasure. His straits beneath dire and sinking fast, Erickson slips his handlers and begins the long, strange trip to the Delta and beyond, pursued throughout by scary monsters and super creeps. With an occasional leg up from someone not quite of this world, Erickson finds himself propelled on a fiendish scavenger hunt through America's musical meccas; first along the so-called "Blues Highway" from New Orleans to Memphis, and then to Seattle via Nashville, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and New York, desperately following a cross-country trail of cryptic lyrical breadcrumbs to reclaim his money and his soul before he loses them both too soon.
Price knows both subjects well, and aptly weaves them into a droll and entertaining morality play hinged on a simple truth: we all have our crossroads to tread, so be sure to tread them well.
Jul 01, Marley rated it really liked it. Great debut mystery novel. I'm not reading the second in the Crossroads series. This is more than a road trip, though. It's a road littered with the bodies of the good and the bad. Some reviewers have complained about the violence, but if you like Tarantino, you'll like this. In fact, I kept thinking this needs to be optioned. Our protagonist, Great debut mystery novel. Our protagonist, Daniel Erickson, isn't a bad guy. He works in the music business. Enough said. He's run afoul of Russian Mafiaoso Filat Preezrakevich, who's so bad he's knocked off his wife and children.
We first run into Daniel being tangled over a 60 storey balcony at a hotel in Las Vegas.
One man (and a few friend's) thoughts on Roots music from across the great divide.
Daniel, by Mr. P's right-hand man Moog. Daniel's day goes south after that. But our day goes up. If you love the blues and its history as long as a banging good chase story, this is it.
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Will Daniel be redeemed? Sep 22, Kevin rated it liked it. Great read! Excellent characters, a bit cliche in some ways, but flawed and very real in others.
Good story. A troubled music executive who's reached the end of his rope is forced to reexamine himself as he follows a series of musical clues that trace the evolution of rock-n-roll.
From the birth of the delta blues at the Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi to the epicenter of the grunge scene in Seattle and everywhere in between, the novel pays tribute to a long list of musicians and innovator Great read! From the birth of the delta blues at the Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi to the epicenter of the grunge scene in Seattle and everywhere in between, the novel pays tribute to a long list of musicians and innovators that built the truly unique American art form.
It's a "road" book for the 21st century, complete with soul searching divine intervention? Yeah, the body count piles up pretty quickly so if graphic bloody killing by pschopathic assassins offends you, this isn't gonna be your bag.
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If that type of thing IS what you're into, well you are going to love this book, mi key! Nov 10, PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps rated it it was amazing. The books I peruse usually have strong female main characters. I was unexpectedly captivated from the first page by Eyre Price's gift of the pen. I don't think I've ever picked up a book and been so impressed with the writing so lyrical, almost poetic.
I even found myself rereading paragraphs, sometimes out loud just to hear the beauty of the words. The main character, Daniel Erickson is on the run from multiple unsavory thugs, who, for different reasons want Daniel dead, after he gives up the money they think he has with him. Daniel wants to save his 19 year old son, before the mobster, or one of the hit men or the the unethical FBI agent can get to the young man. Music history plays into the plot and as a background for this one of a kind story.
I probably won't read other books in this genre, but will read Eyre's next book, no matter the genre. I hope that's soon. Jan 11, Eric Ward rated it really liked it. This was the first book of its kind that I have read in a long time. I mostly read Fantasy books Lightbringer, Wheel of Time Overall, I enjoyed the characters, story, and the intense pacing of the story. There are some elements that are fairly predictable but that didn't bother me, it was more about how it played out and watching characters develop. There are a couple of fairly gruesome bits in here, so be ready for that.
They are few This was the first book of its kind that I have read in a long time. They are few, not overdone, and brief so it didn't bother me but if that sort of thing easily turns you off you might want to skip a few pages you're not missing much, they add nothing to the story. Apr 30, Kelly rated it really liked it. I have to admit, this is far from my usual tastes, and I only read it because it because it was a freebie. I have to say, I'm glad fate gave me this book!! It was a suspenseful, quick read, with lots of twists and turns. This book had an interesting history of American music, a hint of the supernatural without getting all weird , and some characters you'll be surprised you're rooting for.
A pleasant surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Nov 11, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. This was one of those books that I finish knowing more than when I began. In this case, music history from blues through punk. I caught myself thinking several times throughout about the countless mistakes we make in life, and how we recognize our chances at redemption. Don't let the music history or lack of a romantic subplot prevent you from picking up this author's engaging debut! Great book I listened to most of it and enjoyed the story.
It is quite an adventure and the characters are awesome. The descriptions of the locales and the people Daniel meets are so finely done that they with the reader.
Dec 06, John Rogers rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-crime-suspense , mn-crime. A crazy, antic picaresque novel. A Ken Kesey road trip through the history of the blues right up to now.
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The writing is as full of great similes and metaphors as currants in a Christmas cake. You had to love the bad guys a la Carl Hiassen as much as or even more than the good guys. I'll read the series Feb 05, Pernette rated it really liked it.
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I enjoyed this book. There was a lot of information about the Blues history and modern American music. I did not check for authenticity but enjoyed the information as well as the story none the less. The characters were believable and the main character was very likable. Did not enjoy the violence in the story so much. Could be pretty graphic at times. Jul 07, Rick Dyson rated it really liked it.
But the most interesting aspect of the novel is the journey through the history of America's popular music. From Robert Johnson to New York's punk music scene. Some violence at the very end but an awesome first novel. Sep 01, Alan rated it really liked it. Honestly didn't expect much of this one, but it's a pretty wild ride.
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