• Title: Looking for Chet Baker
  • Author: Bill Moody
  • ISBN: 9780802733689
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Looking for Chet Baker The trumpet was silenced but the questions remain Evan Horne s comeback at the keyboard has brought him to England where he hopes he can concentrate on his music and not think about crimes But his f
    The trumpet was silenced, but the questions remain Evan Horne s comeback at the keyboard has brought him to England, where he hopes he can concentrate on his music and not think about crimes But his friend Ace Buffington, who s led him into trouble before, shows up with a problem Ace has a contract to write a biography of the late trumpeter Chet Baker, and since Evan s gThe trumpet was silenced, but the questions remain Evan Horne s comeback at the keyboard has brought him to England, where he hopes he can concentrate on his music and not think about crimes But his friend Ace Buffington, who s led him into trouble before, shows up with a problem Ace has a contract to write a biography of the late trumpeter Chet Baker, and since Evan s going on to Amsterdam, tooChet Baker died on the sidewalk in front of an Amsterdam hotel in 1988 whether he jumped, slipped, or was pushed has never been determined With his arrival at the hotel, Evan discovers that Ace who was staying in Chet s room is missing The only thing Evan finds is his briefcase and notes Now he has no choice To find Ace, Evan will have to dig into the mysterious death of Chet Bakerd that takes him into a world he d rather not visit.Bill Moody s background as a musician and his talents as a writer have made the Evan Horne mysteries a cult favorite Investigating the death of Chet Baker, who has a cult of his own, brings out the best in both the author and his pianist sleuth, Evan Horne.

    One Reply to “Looking for Chet Baker”

    1. As a Jazz enthusiast, I can appreciate books revolving around Jazz musicians. And since Evan Horne is in my hometown Amsterdam when he's looking for Chet Baker, that makes it all the more interesting.I enjoyed Evan's first person narration, and I know Mr. Moody is a musician himself by the way he can write interestingly about performances and the life of musicians.Evan is visited by his friend Ace in London, just before Evan is to depart for Amsterdam. Ace is a writer and needs Evan to help him [...]

    2. I’m a musician, I love a mystery, and I’m a pushover for anyone who is passionate about their art. Bill Moody gave us a minor mystery and a major passion in Looking for Chet Baker. He portrayed Evan Horne beautifully, showing his curiosity that seduced him into his adventures outside music as well as showing his passion for his music. I couldn’t get enough of it. He even inspired me to listen to a few of Chet Baker’s performances. I will read more of his books. I give it 4 stars.

    3. I really liked this book. Bill Moody knows his jazz and he know Amsterdam. (Last time I was there I stayed tehre my hotel was within about 20 feet of the red light district, and I now the area.) This is my first Evan Horne book and it appears that some of the others are pretty violent (fine with me), but this one is laid back and sort of a mediation on crime and its psychological cost to those who fight it. It's' also one of the most literate crime books I've read in a long time. I'm checking ou [...]

    4. I tend to read mostly non-fiction although I enjoy well written novels and crime and detective stories and I've been a jazz fan especially West Coast post-bop since the early 1950s. This writer and this book seemed like a good fit. However I won't be looking for other books by this author. There was little character development and no tension.

    5. It was ok, but it just did not capture my attention very well. Took me quite awhile to finish it. There seemed to be to much on thought processes, which seemed to be repetitious, and a lot of information that was not really needed to move the story along. It dragged for me way to many times.

    6. The extensive jazz content is extremely well-done. Highly recommended to jazz fans. Purely as a mystery, it's not quite at the highest level, so readers who aren't jazz aficionados may not be so impressed.

    7. Jazz and allWas not sure what to expect and not disappointed. Learned about great musician's and found myself wanting to feel jazz again. Been more of a blues lover and forgot about how jazz also influenced the world.

    8. An easy, fun read. It moves at a good pace. The m.c. is a guy we can root for. I enjoyed following along as he solved the mystery. Moody's a good writer, though perhaps lacking polish. He obviously has quite the knowledge of and passion for jazz.

    9. Like the rest of Bill Moody's Ethan Horne novels, the ending is somewhat perfunctory. However, the ride to get there is enjoyable and entertaining.

    10. I read this because I love Baker's rendition of "Funny Valentine". It is an insightful look into his last, tragic days.

    11. A good yarn. A bit of history, a bit of travelogue, a bit of life as a jazz musician in Europe. Some interesting bits about the trumpet king of melancholy, Chet Baker.

    12. I like the jazz influence of it. I had read this book from 10 years ago. The plot could have been better.Joe P.

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