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  1. The Blue Door
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  2. The Blue Door

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David Fulmer, author of the acclaimed Storyville series, now brings us to the vibrant city of Philadelphia and the early days of its famous soul music.

Welterweight boxer Eddie Cero is out of the ring with an injury, but he still can't bear to see an unfair fight. In a Philadelphia alley, he steps in on two punks beating up an older man-and the victim, a private detective, buys Eddie a round and offers him a parttime gig. After a few days on the job, Eddie stumbles on a cold case involving the frontman for the Excels, one of Philadelphia's best soul acts. A music lover and big fan of the group, Eddie starts investigating the case out of curiosity, but the missing singer's talented sister draws him deep into a violent, twisted story of betrayal and intrigue, power and passion-all set to the beat of Philadelphia soul.


David Fulmer
Audible Audio Edition
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Apparently David Fulmer is a music aficionado. He wrote three wonderful mysteries in a series set in turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans. All three featured, at least in the background, the founding of Jazz. There's apparently a fourth book that I missed set in Atlanta in the `20s, which uses the inception of the Blues as its background. This latest book is set in Philadelphia in the early `60s, and takes as its setting the start of the Doo Wop era.

The main character is a retired boxer named Eddie Cero. Eddie stops two guys from beating on a third, older man, and then discovers that the guy he rescued is a private detective. Since Eddie's unemployed (his fighting career having come to an end) he agrees to help the older man in several of his investigations, and then, whimsically, begins one on his own. The investigation he conducts himself turns out to be the central part of the book. Three years earlier, the lead singer and founder of the singing group known as the... Read more
The rhythms and music of the city underlie this lively mystery novel set in South Philadelphia, where, in the late 1950s, music drew from its many cultures, spawned dozens of acts, and led to a vibrant music industry. Among the best of the soul groups was the Excels, led by Johnny Pope, in his early twenties when the group started making hit records. In February, 1959, minutes after finishing a recording session, Johnny Pope vanished, leaving his cousin Ray, his friend Tommy Gates, and his sister Valerie forever in limbo, mourning his absence, if not his death.

Among Johnny's fans was Eddie Cero, a local welterweight with a huge vinyl collection of doo-wop, rockabilly, and soul, a collection which has provided hours of listening pleasure between fights and training sessions. Now, three years after Johnny's disappearance, Eddie Cero's boxing career is at its end, and when Sal Giambroni, a former cop turned private detective, offers Eddie twenty dollars to help out on a... Read more
THE BLUE DOOR (Unlicensed Investigator-Eddie Cero-Philadelphia-1962) - VG
Fulmer, David - Standalone
Harcourt, Inc., 2008, US Hardcover ISBN: 9780151011810

First Sentence: At ten thirty on the night of March 24, 1962, Eddie Cero walked out the back door of the Southside Boxing Club in Philadelphia with a bloody bandage over his eyebrow and forty dollars cash in his pocket.

Welter-weight boxer Eddie Cero, leaving a less-than-successful bout, rescues a man from being beat up. -Salvatore "Sal" Giambroni, private investigator. Sal immediately offers Eddie some work as an investigator. While on the job, Eddie comes across Valerie Pope, sister of Johnny Pope, the leader of a black rock group who suddenly disappeared three years before.

Eddie's love of music motivates him to find out what happened to Johnny, in spite of the resistance and that the other members of Johnny's group are being murdered.

I didn't care quite as much for this... Read more
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