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Geisel Award, Best in Show
2020 San Diego Book Awards

On a cool winter evening, a speedboat hurtles across San Diego Bay and crashes into the ballroom of the Admiral’s Club. As guests flee the ensuing fire, a woman crawls from the burning boat and screams her last words: Arion has returned! Before long, guitar-playing detective Rolly Waters is on the case, connecting the dead woman to a Navy diver who disappeared twenty years earlier and the twisted wrecks of the lives he left behind.

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Bronze Award , Foreword Magazine
2015 Book of the Year Awards

Rolly Waters has many reasons to regret going out for Mexican food at 2.30 in the morning. Not least because then he would never have met dance-club DJ Macy Starr – possibly the most infuriatingly unpredictable and secretive client he has ever taken on.

Offbeat characters and popular musical lore distinguish this decidedly unusual tale. (Publishers Weekly)
Fans of wisecracking California crime solvers will enjoy this working-class PI with a poet’s soul. (Booklist)

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Winner, Genre Award
2013 Hollywood Book Festival

“…delivers a potent dose of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll…”
ForeWord Reviews

“A rollicking and fast-paced crime novel…”
San Francisco Book Reviews

“It is real and imaginative and thrilling. I’m glad I had the great good pleasure of reading it.”
RebeccasReads

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Finalist
2006 San Diego Book Awards

2008 Eric Hoffer Book Awards
“…a terrific start to this series and readers will be looking forward to Rolly’s next mystery.”
Mysterious Reviews

“The story unfolds in a series of swift, compelling chapters that are rife with interesting characters.”
La Jolla Village News

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