Hollywood location scout John Pellam thought the scenic backwater town of Maddox, Missouri, would be the perfect site for an upcoming gangster film. Until real bullets leave two people dead and one cop paralysed. Pellam had unwittingly wandered onto the crime scene just moments before the brutal hits. Now the feds and local police want him to talk. Mob enforcers want him silenced. And a mysterious blonde just wants him. Trapped in a town full of sinister secrets and deadly deceptions, Pellam fears that deal will imitate art, as the film shoot - and his life - race toward a breathtakingly bloody climax.
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Book Review: Bloody River Blues by Jeffery Deaver - Reviewed by CloggieA (15 Mar 2011)
Bloody River Blues is the second of Jeffrey Deaver’s Location Scout novels. Still working as a location scout, this time by the Missouri River, John Pellam accidentally witnesses a hitman preparing for a hit about to take place. In the aftermath, the local cops, the FBI and the hitmen are all after Pellaim, either for identification or elimination purposes. Although he didn’t actually see the mob boss the law is after, convincing people you don’t know something when they are certain you do is much harder than the reverse. At the same time, Pellam is trying to get his own movie into production, but is being hindered by having the cops and the FBI on his back. And a mysterious blonde wants his company as well. Pellam plays poker, makes chilli, drinks applewine, does a bit of motorcycle riding and fends off a couple of murder attempts before ultimately finding out just who he supposedly witnessed. Excellent plot twists: another great Location Scout novel.
Author Biography - Jeffery Deaver
Jeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of two collections of short stories and 29 internationally bestselling novels, including the latest James Bond novel Carte Blanche. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim. A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for The Weekender from Twisted. Jeffery Deaver lives in North Carolina and California. Visit his website, www.jefferydeaver.com, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/JefferyDeaver, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JefferyDeaver.