BOOK REVIEW + $20 Gift Card GIVE AWAY - The Bone Records by Rich Zahradnik
The Bone Records
by Rich Zahradnik
January 30 - February 10, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
NY Police Academy washout Grigg Orlov discovers an eerie piece of evidence at the scene of his father's brutal murder: a disc-shaped X-ray of a skull. It's a bone record--what Soviet citizens called banned American songs recorded on used X-rays. But the black-market singles haven't been produced since the sixties. What's one doing in Coney Island in 2016?
Grigg uncovers a connection between his father and three others who collected bone records when they were teenage friends growing up in Leningrad. Are past and present linked? Or is the murder tied to the local mob? Grigg's got too many suspects and too little time. He must get to the truth before a remorseless killer takes everything he has.
Praise for The Bone Records:
"The Bone Records grabs you by the throat on the very first page, then never slows down as it takes you on a wild ride through New York City streets filled with Russian intrigue, underworld crime, police corruption and a man’s desperate quest to avenge his father’s murder. Shamus Award-winner Rich Zahradnik has written a taut, terrifically exciting and thought-provoking thriller."
"The plot is not only timely, but utterly unique—a tale of cultures colliding, often with sudden and unexpected consequences, as lonely city claims-adjuster Grigg Orlov spends his long nights chasing down leads on the mysterious disappearance of his father... This is a compelling read, highly recommended."
LA Times bestselling author Baron R. Birtcher
"A fast-paced thriller set around Coney Island during the tumultuous lead-up to the 2016 presidential election… The Bone Records is a well-crafted mountain of intrigue and non-stop action."
"A wonderfully flawed protagonist and a complex mystery combine with current events in Zahradnik's best novel to date. The Bone Records had me hooked from page one."
Elena Taylor, award-winning author of All We Buried and the Eddie Shoes mystery series
The Bone Records tells a dark story of the Russian mafia. The book hooks you from the start and doesn’t let go until it’s over. The book is full of descriptive details and the story quickly becomes very dark. The book is not for the faint of heart and contains graphic descriptions. Despite being difficult to read, these parts added depth to the story and were necessary to completely submerge yourself in the story.
Grigg’s dad disappeared and resurfaces for a short time only to disappear for good. To figure out who would want to murder his dad and why, Griggs must confront the past. Filled with mystery and suspense the reader is taken on an interesting ride to solve this mystery. The author does an excellent job of weaving together an engagingly complex plot full of effective and enjoyable characters.
The backdrop of Coney Island and the nearby declining neighborhoods known as Little Odessa is the perfect setting for this twisty tale. I’ve never been to this part of the country yet the writing transported me there. Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
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Rich Zahradnik is the author of the thriller The Bone Records and four critically acclaimed mysteries, including Lights Out Summer, winner of the Shamus Award. He was a journalist for twenty-seven years and now lives in Pelham, New York, where he is the mentor to the staff of the Pelham Examiner, an award-winning community newspaper run, edited, reported, and written by people under the age of eighteen.
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