Dead Men Talk

by Johnny Barnes



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/4/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 292
ISBN : 9781410707932
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 292
ISBN : 9781410707925

About the Book

DEAD MEN TALK is a modern murder mystery, taking place in Boston where the author was a private investigator for eleven years. Johnny Barnes has been a cop for the last 18 years, outside of Boston.

A dozen homicides leads this offbeat detective through Boston’s rock & roll nightclubs, strip joints, and famous locations in search of a mysterious book and a serial killer. Unforgettable characters, wry humor, and the detective’s odd encounters add color and excitement to this fast paced, action packed thriller.

DEAD MEN TALK is a very funny throwback to the classic hard-boiled mysteries.

I jumped up on the hood of the car. The moment seemed suspended in time. The radiator hissed, shooting steam straight up into the air. The smell of burnt rubber, and smoke from the tires, drifted upward.

Glass from the shattered windows still rained down, landing on the car’s roof and hood. A rolling hubcap clattered on down the alleyway, finally circling a few times, and clanging to rest. Then there was a sudden and deep silence... but I was still focused on the man at the end of my gun sights.

DEAD MEN TALK reads like a movie and would translate well into film.

About the Author

Born in New Bedford, Mass. Johnny attended boarding school in the Berkshires and played harmonica in a weekend blues band in New York City’s Greenwich Village in the late ‘60’s. After 2 years at U-Mass Dartmouth, Johnny moved to Boston where he drove a taxicab, attended Berklee School of Music and Harvard University Extension School majoring in Zen Buddhism.

Johnny Barnes sang and played guitar in all of the famous nightclubs in Boston with many of rock and roll’s legends, producing and releasing a dozen records. Local airplay and intense record company interest led to a hit song in England and work with legendary producer, Jimmy Miller (The Rolling Stones, Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, Traffic with Steve Winwood.) Barnes moonlighted, helping manage Boston’s largest live music nightclub, The Channel, where his band opened for numerous major acts through the ‘80’s and early 1990’s. Barnes was a paralegal investigator for law firms, and an operative and operations manager for Boston area private detective agencies. Johnny worked for Massachusetts’s Legal Services, the Mass. ACLU, and was a subcontract homicide investigator for the state’s Committee for Public Counsel. Since 1991 Barnes has been a full time Police Officer, an FBI trained Hostage Negotiator, and a Detective.