Anyone who could play three chords on a guitar was heading to Greenwich Village to be a folksinger. Some became stars. One got murdered.
A folksinger has been murdered in Joe Talley’s coffeehouse, the Riding Beggar. With Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs among the suspects, Joe has to solve the mystery before the music stops for good.
"Such A Killing Crime is a delight to read. The novel is a mixture of folk scene memorabilia justaposed with sharp, fast-paced mystery writing that should strike a familiar chord among folkies as well as Edgar Allan Poe-kies." -Roger Dietz, Sing Out! Magazine
"Such A Killing Crime is so cleverly written and so well-crafted that the reader doesn't need to know every verse of 'Barbara Allen' to sing the praises of this book." - Betty webb, Mystery Scene Magazine
“Rob Lopresti’s love of folk music shines from the pages…. Lopresti exposes the complexities of Greenwich Village coffee houses and folk clubs, always mindful of the political underpinnings of the movement and its creative and financial precariousness. His tale mixes fictional murder with an actual death, peppered with historic personalities of the folk music world.” - Jo Dereske, author of the MISS ZUKAS mysteries
“In the pre-Beatles early sixties folk music was, briefly, king. The Greenwich Village folk scene was the center of an infant universe that would blossom, a few years later, into the hippie, yippie, antiwar, summer-of-love counterculture. Rob Lopresti paints a loving and detailed portrait of those heady days.” -S.J. Rozan, author of ABSENT FRIENDS
ROB LOPRESTI is a librarian in the Pacific Northwest. He is also a singer/songwriter; his CD “Can I Blame You?” contains eighteen of his songs, including the famous “Reference Librarian” blues, and “White Wolf,” which is featured in his mystery novel. His short stories include a Derringer Award winner and an Anthony Award nominee.
You can buy the book from the publisher, Kearney Street Books (and yes, they take credit cards). Your local bookstore can order it for you. Or buy it on Amazon.
SUCH A KILLING CRIME
by Robert Lopresti
Kearney Street Books