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Tongue deftly in cheek, Tony Kozol is back in a new, wild and wicked adventure—this time in the wild, wild West. It seems Tony has finally landed a dream gig, rhythm guitarist for one of the hottest country acts going, Cliff Cash and the Cowhands. Of course, the job is only temporary while Brian Love, the permanent guitar player, is recuperating from a broken arm. Love wants Tony out—badly. And Tony’s odds of sticking around are getting longer and longer as his bandmates are singled out for murder. In Austin for the Southwest Music Conference, Clint Cash and the Cowhands have just finished up their concert at the Austinland Theatre. All Tony wants to do is go back to his hotel room and relax. Catch up on about a month’s worth of sleep. But fate has other ideas in mind when a young man asks for Tony’s help in finding his missing sister. Against the colorful backdrop of Austin, Texas, and its vibrant music scene, Tony Kozol eludes killers and fights to keep his job and his life. And, if he can find a little romance along the way…well, that would be a pleasant bonus. Once again, J.R. Ripley blends his fast-paced action, sharp dialogue, tight plotting and eccentric characters in a satisfying Texas brew that will keep you off-balance until the very end.



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". . .action-packed plot. Recommended."
- Library Journal


 "Mystery fans will enjoy the clever plot, loopy characters, and sardonic humor. Music fans will find themselves tappin' a toe and swiggin' a longneck to the musical atmosphere of the Austin music scene that Ripley. . . so carefully recreates. Fans of Greg Kihn's recent musical mysteries will find a kindred soul in Ripley."
- Booklist


 "Tony is thrilled to sub for the suspiciously less-than-thrilled injured guitarist of a popular country band in J.R. Ripley's (Skulls of Sedona) Lost in Austin: A Tony Kozol Mystery.  The guitarist vehemently wants Tony gone, and when other band members are murdered, series star Tony finds he's risking life and limb in this Country Western romp."
- Publisher's Weekly


". . .very highly recommended. . ."
- Midwest Book Review


 '. . .At times it is almost tongue in cheek. . .there are enough loony characters around to balance it off. . .The action moves right along, dialogue spurts from the mouths of as eccentric a group as you could wish for. . .I just drifted along with the tide and the ending was a satisfactory surprise.'
- I Love a Mystery Newsletter


 "Here's a new author. . .and new series character all rolled up into one pleasant reading experience.  Ripley's principal concern is presenting a good mystery, and he succeeds."
- Mystery News