The Day the Music Died
Book 1 in The Sam McCain Mysteries
In 1950s Iowa, a murder-suicide forces a lawyer to put aside his rock-and-roll grief
Sam McCain loves Buddy Holly because he’s the only rock-and-roll star who still seems like a dweeb, and Sam knows how that feels. With the unrequited love of his life at his side, Sam drives more than three hours through the snow to watch his idol play the Surf Ballroom. That night, Buddy Holly dies in the most famous plane crash in music history, but Sam has no time to grieve. Because there are too many lawyers in this small town, Sam makes a living as a PI, doing odd jobs for an eccentric judge—whose nephew, it seems, has a problem only a detective could solve. His trophy wife has been murdered, and as soon as Sam arrives, the nephew kills himself, too.
The police see this as a clear-cut murder-suicide, but Sam wants to know more, diving into a mystery by Ellery Queen Award–winning author Ed Gorman that will get dangerous faster than you can say “bye-bye, Miss American Pie.”
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“A story with bite and substance.” —Chicago Tribune
“Genuinely affecting.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Gripping, amusing, thoughtful and hugely entertaining.” —Dean Koontz
About the author
Ed Gorman is the beloved author of dozens of mystery novels, including the New York Times bestselling Frankenstein, which he co-wrote with Dean Koontz. He has received the Shamus Award, the Spur Award, and the International Fiction Writers Award. Ed lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.