The Thorazine Mirrorball

The Thorazine Mirrorball

by Jack Maeby




Welcome back, Jimmy Mack. You still crazy? His friends and fellow musicians want to know. He's free, off anti-psychotic meds and back on the scene, playing jazz and R&B in the urban backwater of Albany, New York in 1972. Life seems almost normal until members of the soul music revue he's working with start turning up dead, and Jimmy is the main suspect. It doesn't help that he's falling for Yvonne, a devastatingly beautiful singer, who may be up to her cool blue eyes in a deadly scheme.

Jimmy looks to his friend Laid, a methadone-addicted keyboard genius, and Shorty, an irascible soul-music DJ, to help him avoid the cops, the killers and his own descent back into madness. The story unfolds in the rhythms of jazz and blues, with stops at chitlin' circuit nightclubs, gay cabarets and after-hours discotheques. Music becomes Jimmy's refuge, as well as the key to figuring out who the real killer is. Jimmy has some hard choices to make that force him to either conquer his inner demons or be lost forever.

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ISBN-13: 9781934069769
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2007
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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aplazar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jimmy Mack isn¿t crazy. Well, at least not now. After two years of debilitating depression and forced exile in an asylum, characterized by chunks of memory loss and high doses of heavy meds, the twenty-one-year old rhythm and blues piano player is finally back. Assigned a room in a halfway house in Albany in 1972, Jimmy reconnects with his old music buddies and lands a lucrative gig in the Adirondacks. All goes well, until a group of thugs nearly drive him off the road and people around him start dying, jeopardizing Jimmy¿s already fragile mental state. The young man, frazzled with nerves, is smitten by every pretty woman who crosses his path, particularly singer Yvonne Marshall, with her caramel skin and velvet voice. The woman oozes sex-appeal, creating a trail of shuddering men in her wake. From one fast-paced scene to another, this book moves. Maeby also displays a deep musical insight, with perception that reflect his history as a band member with acts such as The Neville Brothers, Etta James, and Carly Simon, as well as his accomplishments and awards for his compositions in the film and musical fields. Yet within the action, there are also moments of poignant poetry couched in Maeby¿s words.¿It was the opening movement of a dance done by demons, the prelude to panic, and then to darkness. If the feeling had sound, it would be an atonal moan in the bass register, accompanied by brittle, frenetic percussion. I knew it as the insistent, cruel pulse of anxiety.¿Jack Maeby has created a superb thriller in this taut and colorful novel. Characters jump from the page¿such as Shorty, the irascible record shop owner who becomes inadvertently involved in a shady music business deal. Each of Maeby¿s characters tremble with life; their natural dialogue is easy to swallow. The prose flows effortlessly, with none of the forced literary faux pas often made by first time novelists. There is no excess here, each word is precisely placed and potent. It is clear that in addition to his innate talent, this writer has done his homework.The Thorazine Mirrorball is highly recommended for all lovers of mystery/suspense, music, or crime novels. The only question remaining is this: when will Mr. Maeby produce his next jewel?