Daniel Erickson has the blues. There’s a Russian mobster wearing his finger on a necklace, two hit men hot on his trail, an FBI agent obsessed with his capture, and a rogue motorcycle gang hunting him down as he desperately races cross-country following musical clues he hopes will lead him to the stolen million dollars that might not be enough to save him. Or his son. His only hope for saving them both is to find the spirit of the blues: “Been pushed ’round all your life. Be a push back man.”
>i>Rock Island Rock continues the Crossroads Thriller series from where Blues Highway Blues, voted Best Blues Book of 2012 by Blues411.com, left off. In the shadow of the mysterious bluesman, Mr. Atibon, reluctant hero Daniel Erickson; his hitman friend, Moog Turner; and his girlfriend, Vicki Bean, are crisscrossing America to follow the musical clues that lead to a rock-and-roll superstar’s killer. Along the way they’ll encounter obsessive FBI agents, vengeful Russian mobsters, ruthless cartel assassins, and psychotic bikers.
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Sent on a mission by the mysterious Mr. Atibon to discover who really killed Jimi Hendrix, Daniel Erickson uncovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest government offices and corporate boardrooms. When devilish music promoter Haden Koschei sets his sights on a new pair of victims, Daniel’s quest gets personal, as he and his hit man friend, Moog, race down the highway to hell to save their loved ones. It’s a long and winding road, beset with maniacal FBI agents, corporate commandos, and crazed Mexican drug lords.
There are sharps and flats. Majors and minors. And then there’s the sound of a Top 10 hit. That sound. It shouldn’t be so, of course. A song is, after all, a simple thing. At its heart, it’s just a collection of verses and choruses, maybe a bridge to stir things up and tie it all together. A few chords with a solo thrown into the middle. That’s all there is to it. And yet, for an art form that’s ruled by and relies upon mathematical patterns, there is still an unquantifiable quality that defies reason.