Danger In Bass Clef by John Dover
It has been months since Johnny last saw Cass, but when she bursts into his bar one night with a tale of kidnapping, extortion, and an illegal downhill death race, Johnny jumps into action. Join Johnny and Cass on an adrenaline and scotch-laced adventure through the pulpy jazz-noir streets of Bridge City as they fight to rescue her love, disrupt a local gangster’s betting ring, and keep Cass from becoming road kill.
Ella - additional story.
Amazon Reviews -
Johnny Scotch – whisky worshiper, jazz musician, white knight and defender of the underdog. While enjoying his favourite drink in his regular haunt, a blast from his past, Cass, the roller derby dynamo, bursts back into his life needing his help. Not one to turn down a plea for help from a damsel in distress, Johnny sets out to save Cass from the bad guys. But, not everything is at it seems.
This is the first story of John Dover’s that I’ve read, and it won’t be the last. Dover weaves a rich palette of flavours in his story-telling. He links back-stories seamlessly with the current tale, creating a world of colours, flavours, and scents. His descriptions are so evocative and seductive that, despite a personal distaste for whisky, I found myself craving a glass of Johnny’s poison.
This story has believable characters that I found myself caring about, a remarkable achievement for any writer, and the city setting he creates is the perfect backdrop for this noir tale. I look forward to reading more from this talented writer.
I was lucky enough to receive an advance reading copy of this. Being already familiar with the Johnny Scotch character from the brilliant noir comic of the same name I was eager to see how having him star in a prose novel would play out. It played out wonderfully, this is truly a great example of a hard-boiled noir styled novel. John Dover was born to write this stuff and it seems to flow from his pen like good scotch from a bottle. I whole heartedly recommend this book to any and all fans of the noir genre. Bravo Mr. Dover, bravo.
“John Dover is an amazing writer. He breathes life into words that transcends the page.
In "Johnny Scotch: Danger in Bass Clef" he seduces the reader into his smokey jazz and scotch flavored world. A noir world of crime, booze, and dames, punctuated by magical interludes of scotch on the tongue, jazz in the ears.
I don't even like jazz, and I don't drink alcohol at all, yet I yearned to fall into the pages and soak up the ambience. A tourist.
Also, in case you're wondering, the title is perfect. It will make more sense at the end.” Robert Easton - Author, Fortress of the Heart
“You’ll pick this scotch soaked, gnarly knuckled noir and polish it off in a single sitting. Storytelling is in tune with the genre. Book is a primer for what you order next time you are at a bar. It’s also a cautionary tale for anyone messing with the grim countenanced jazz musician on stage.
Only gripe is that the book is short and I’d like the next one right on top.
Pick it up. Solid noir.” Erick Mertz - Author, The Mask of Tomorrow
Amazon Reviews for Ella:
“This is a fast-paced short story about a trumpet player turned vigilante named Johnny Scotch. It's straightforward and violent and has a retro pulp flavor. If you're looking for irony or satire, you won't find it in this story. What's unique isn't the character's typical physical prowess but his expertise as a musician and love of Scotch whisky. They both feed back into the old-fashioned plot about the tough guy title character coming to a helpless person's rescue at the hands of over-the-top bad guys. I recommend it if you like two-fisted tales that don't try to parody the genre or be hardcore for its own sake.” Charles Austin Muir -- Author of “This is a Horror Book”
“If you like music, detective stories, and scotch then you will find that this is book is aged to perfection!” Greg Smith -- Writer of “Junior Braves of the Apocalypse
“I am familiar with the dark and gritty world of Johnny Scotch from the brilliant noir comic series of the same name, when I saw this prose short story available on Amazon I had to buy it immediately. John Dover writing never ceases to astound me, he paints such a dark and vivid picture of the action going on in the story. His Johnny Scotch character, booze soaked musician and righter of wrongs never hits any false notes in his various quests. Buy this story and read it but by all means go seek out the comic as well. Bravo Mr. Dover, this story is a worthy addition to the legend of Johnny Scotch.” Anonymous Amazon Reviewer