The Day the Music Died

The Day the Music Died

A Mystery

Book - 1999
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A winner of the Shamus Award and nominee for the Edgar Award, the author commences a new series featuring Sam McCain, an impoverished young lawyer from 1950s Iowa who is summoned from his grief over the death of Buddy Holly to investigate an uxoricide.

Blackwell North Amer
It's 1958 in Black River Falls, Iowa (pop. 26,750), and at Bill Malley's barber shop and the lunch counter in the local Rexall, there's a lot of talk, a lot of it negative, about communism, fluoride, civil rights marches, a guy named Kennedy, and Martin Luther King. And even at twenty-six, with a law degree and a private investigator's license, Sam McCain thinks nothing of driving four hours of two-lane blacktop (with the radio forecasting major snowfalls) in his '51 red Ford ragtop for a performance, on February 3, by his personal favorite rock-and-roll idol, Buddy Holly.
The next morning brings McCain more than the bad news of Buddy Holly's fatal plane crash. The dawn's barely cracked when McCain finds the dead body of Susan Whitney in the living room of her huge Tudor-style mansion outside of town, and upstairs, within the same hour, her bully of a husband, Richie, remorsefully confesses to murder and kills himself with his rifle. But all of McCain's instincts tell him that Richie didn't also shoot his wife. Then, before the day ends, in a canoe on a frozen pond, McCain uncovers another corpse, this time a pregnant teenage girl, that only seems to be unrelated to the Whitney case.

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Sam McCain, an impoverished young lawyer in 1950s Iowa, is summoned from his grief over the death of Buddy Holly to investigate an uxoricide

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 1999
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786705696
Characteristics: 210 p. ; 24 cm


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