Publication Date: November 1, 2022
NY Police Academy washout Grigg Orlov discovers an eerie piece of evidence at the scene of his father’s brutal murder: a disc-shaped X-ray of a skull. It’s a bone record–what Soviet citizens called banned American songs recorded on used X-rays. But the black-market singles haven’t been produced since the sixties. What’s one doing in Coney Island in 2016?
Grigg uncovers a connection between his father and three others who collected bone records when they were teenage friends growing up in Leningrad. Are past and present linked? Or is the murder tied to the local mob? Grigg’s got too many suspects and too little time. He must get to the truth before a remorseless killer takes everything he has.
Grigg Orlov has been searching for his missing father for six months, fearing the worst. Never in his wildest dreams would he have imagined being reunited, only to watch his father murdered.
Author Rich Zahradnik delivers a tale steeped in Russian intrigue in The Bone Records. In the moments before he dies, Grigg’s father passes him an object that he identifies as a bone record. During the period of 1940 to 1960, the only way to listen to Western music was to buy a bootlegged record printed on a used X-ray, hence the nickname.
Grigg struggles to find out who killed his father and why. Set against a backdrop of revenge served cold, readers are taken on a journey featuring Russians who will do anything to even the score.
There’s plenty of rollercoaster action, including double agents, a Microsoft Office knock-off, and surprise revelations from the past.
The Bone Records details a son’s investigation that forces him to dig into his late father’s past.
Rich Zahradnik is the author of the thriller The Bone Records and four critically acclaimed mysteries, including Lights Out Summer, winner of the Shamus Award. He was a journalist for twenty-seven years and now lives in Pelham, New York, where he is the mentor to the staff of the Pelham Examiner, an award-winning community newspaper run, edited, reported, and written by people under the age of eighteen.
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Thanks for the great review! This one sounds like an interesting read!
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