THE BLUE CHEER
P.I. Frank Johnson has moved to Scarab, West Virginia, drawn
by the promise of lazy days and the lure of its tranquil mountains.
What he finds instead is a Stinger rocket exploding over his
back yard. His ensuing investigation uncovers a cult called
the Blue Cheer, a racist group with ugly terrorist plans.
As events heat up, blood starts to spill, and for Frank it
all gets real personal real quick. With the help of his bounty
hunter pal, he sets out to bring the Blue Cheer to justice
-- any way he can!
and gripping, with well-drawn characters and a vividly described
background, The Blue Cheer is a strong noir debut reminiscent
of the work of Philip Atlee and others in the golden stable
of Gold Medal writers. I look forward to Ed Lynskey's next."
Macavity and Shamus Award-winner Bill Pronzini, author
of Nameless Detective mysteries
Blue Cheer is as well-written and well-plotted an example
of the new Appalachian noir as you're likely to find. Ed Lynskey's
hard-boiled narrative voice of rotagonist Frank Johnson is
distinctive, entertaining, and uthentic."
Anthony and Shamus-nominee John Lescroart, New York Times
bestselling author of The Second Chair, The Hearing, and The
pure sheer first rate mystery, the reason why we read the
genre, and as long as we have such stunning grab-you-by-the-collar-and-not-let-go
narrative, the future of mystery is not only assured, it's
Macavity and Shamus-winner Ken Bruen, author of Jack Taylor
series and White Trilogy
isn't often that a genuinely new
'voice' enters crime fiction, but that compliment definitely
captures Frank Johnson, the hero of The Blue Cheer. Author
Ed Lynskey chooses a West Virginia setting for this debut
in novel-length format, and it proves a resounding success.
The prose is spare, and the dialogue pitch-perfect."
Shamus Award-winner Jeremiah Healy, author of
PI John Francis Cuddy mysteries
"This is a New Wave
Gold Medal novel, intricate, harrowing, rich
in people good and bad, ripe with nasty surprise. Ed Lynskey
manages to honor his literary hero Charles Williams, bringing
that sensibility into the 21st century but adding the psycho
rage and psycho sorrow of our time into it as well. Something
new in New Wave."
Ellery Queen and Shamus Award-winner Ed Gorman,
author of The Day the Music Died, Wake Up Little Susie,
and Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
is a crime fiction writer and poet living near Washington,
D.C. His first two books are mysteries featuring his PI
Frank Johnson: THE DIRT-BROWN DERBY (Mundania Press, 2006)
and THE BLUE CHEER (Point Blank/Wildside Press, 2007). Two
sequels include PELHAM FELL HERE (Mundania Press, 2007)
and TROGLODYTES (Mundania Press, 2008). His work has been
anthologized by St. Martin's Press and University
of Virginia Press. His short fiction has appeared in
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. His poems have
appeared in The Atlantic Monthly. His reviews have
appeared in New York Times Book Review and Washington
Post. His mystery fiction has been praised by Linda
Fairstein, Ken Bruen, Bill Pronzini, and John Lutz.