Rock Fiction Coveting: The Gunny and the Jazz Singer by June Leopold Quinn

Posted: March 11, 2016 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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This one’s a bit different. The title makes me think it’s a historical thing, probably set in the Twenties or whenever the golden age of jazz was, but check out this description.

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Marc Rahn, Jr. enlisted after high school graduation to escape the pain of his parents’ fatal car wreck. Now on leave after eight years and multiple Middle East deployments, he returns to his hometown to put to rest his suspicions that the “accident” might actually have been anything but.

What he doesn’t expect on move-in day from the neighbor across the street is an intriguing flash of pierced nipple. The breast’s owner, Phoebe Barnes, is a beautiful young jazz singer who has plans to make it big in the music business. Her early years in foster care made her hungry for attention and fame, and she’s out to achieve both at almost any cost.

Despite their differing goals, Marc and Phoebe quickly give in to the sizzling attraction between them. But will their passion turn deadly when the person who killed Marc’s family decides two murders might not have been enough?

But pierced nipples and Middle East deployments don’t really sound like a historical piece. They make it sound totally contemporary. So how cool is it that Phoebe is trying to make her way to fame by being a jazz singer? Do people still listen to and like jazz? Enough that Phoebe here has a realistic plan in place?

And is there enough in here about Phoebe and her musical ambitions, or is this really Marc’s story? This could be a thriller, too, you know, given the description. I like thrillers. We don’t see enough Rock Fiction thrillers, I don’t think. But you’d also think that if it was going to work as a thriller, the Rock Fiction would have to be played up more.

And what is with the old-time title? I like it!

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