Summary

The Devil’s Music is perfect for readers looking for crime thrillers filled with a substance that comes from recreating a time in our nation’s history, adding a bit of fiction and tying it together with prose of a bygone era.

5-STAR REVIEW: THE DEVIL’S MUSIC by Gabriel Valjan

The Description

The Company Files: Book 3
Publication Date: November 9, 2021

Stalin is gone. The Cold War is on. Better dead than red.

With victory comes revenge, and both Attorney Roy Cohn and his supporter, J. Edgar Hoover, wish to settle accounts. In a race to protect his associates, Jack Marshall relocates them to off-off-Broadway. Walker, Vera, Leslie, and Sheldon swelter under more than stage lights in New York City.

Before the summer is out, before the strange music subsides, there is a mob war and another unexpected addition to the Company Files.

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The Review

Delve deep enough into American history, and there is plenty of fodder for crime thrillers. Author Gabriel Valjan has created a riveting tale of espionage and excitement with The Company FilesThe Devil’s Music. As the third installment in the series, readers get a taste of the McCarthy era.

The author’s approach to the series caught my eye because the tone is different than what one would typically find in a contemporary thriller. The scenes bring to mind classic black and white films with crisp dialog and men in dark suits. Indeed, the storyline is much deeper than it first appears, with all sorts of undercurrents adding to the intrigue. Toss in references to mafia kingpin Vito Genoese and political heavy hitters such as Robert Kennedy and Joseph McCarthy.

I liked the author’s listing of the characters at the beginning with a descriptive blurb to help set the stage. While I wasn’t quite sure about the significance of the title, the author explained it and provided some interesting historical food for thought in his afterword.

The Devil’s Music is perfect for readers looking for crime thrillers filled with a substance that comes from recreating a time in our nation’s history, adding a bit of fiction and tying it together with prose of a bygone era.Buy Links

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About The AuthorGabriel ValjanGabriel Valjan is the author of the Roma Series, The Company Files, and the Shane Cleary Mysteries. He has been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, Silver Falchion Awards, and received the 2021 Macavity Award for Best Short Story. Gabriel is a member of the Historical Novel Society, ITW, MWA, and Sisters in Crime. Gabriel lives in Boston.

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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much for this fantastic review!
    “listing of the characters at the beginning with a descriptive blurb” – Oh my gosh, YES! I love when a book has this. I would add a star just for this LOL.
    Sounds like a great read.

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