Death in Nostalgia City
by Mark Bacon
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Pub Date 07 Jul 2019 | Archive Date 24 Sep 2023
Experience the '70s like never before in the meticulously reimagined Nostalgia City, an Arizona theme park promising a trip down memory lane.
Step back into the heart of the '70s at Nostalgia City, where the past's charm hides a shadowy secret. Lyle Deming, once a cop and now a cab driver in this meticulous '70s re-creation, thought he'd left danger behind. But as rides turn deadly, the park's elusive founder, Max Maxwell, nudges Lyle back into the investigative fray.
With the statuesque PR director, Kate Sorensen, by his side, Lyle delves into a conspiracy that bridges the sunlit corridors of Arizona to the gritty avenues of Boston. In a world where yesterday feels so real, can they uncover the lurking menace?
Death in Nostalgia City combines nostalgia with suspense, crafting a tale that's as gripping as it is evocative. Recommended by the American Library Association.
Nostalgia meets noir. Embark on this thrilling quest today!
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The backdrop of the story is set in a 1970's themed city where we find a retired policeman driving a cab and a PR rep that set out to investigate a series of incidents that could crash the city's touristy feel. It was very interesting. I can't remember reading any thing like this but it did stir up some 70's nostalgia. Mark Bacon did a great job of setting the scene and the pace to keep the story moving. The clues were there, but I did miss a few. This is the first in a series, so now I have to find book #2 to see if Bacon gets our erstwhile heroes into another mystery.
A very interesting mystery. Lots of action to make it more interesting. Lyle is a quiet, unassuming kind of guy. He is an ex-cop and just wants the quiet life. Kate is very good with PR and Max needs some good PR for his theme park. Someone is sabotaging the park, but Max makes everyone think it is just a few accidents while behind the scenes, he is having his security investigate it. Max asks Lyle if he will quietly look into the "accidents" so that their visitors will not know anything is going on. Kate is asked to help out. As they investigate, they go across the country to find answers. Since Lyle left his old job under difficult circumstances, Max isn't sure that Lyle is completely sane. Kate has her doubts about him from time to time. After they uncover information that will put someone behind bars, Lyle and Kate are accused of murder. Will they ever get anyone to listen to the truth? Will they survive long enough to get the truth out there?
A very entertaining potboiler. The premise is reminiscent of the Dream Park series by Larry Niven and, I think, Stephen Barnes, except that Nostalgia City is a theme park set in the 1970s instead of in a D&D fantasy setting. Otherwise, it's similar in that it's a park, there's a murder, there are inside people investigating with minimal outside police oversight, and they're both entertaining.
This one also has corporate skullduggery, a jaded ex-cop and a hot PR VP who is also investigating on the side. The plot makes sense and it's not altogether predictable, kudos on both.
This is the first book of a series and I'm already tempted to seek out the next installment.