Saturday, January 16, 2021

Ballast Point Breakdown by Corey Lynn Fayman - Guest Blogger Book Review


The fourth novel in the Rolly Waters mystery series.

On a cool winter evening, a speedboat hurtles across San Diego Bay and crashes into the Admiral's Club where a farewell party for the Navy's top-secret Dolphin Divers program is underway. As guests flee the ensuing fire, a woman named Janis Withers crawls from the inferno and screams her last words - Arion has returned!

Guitar-playing private detective Rolly Waters finds himself pulled into the case when he connects Janis to a pair of dog tags left behind by Butch Fleetwood, a member of the Dolphin Divers who disappeared during a training exercise twenty years earlier.

While fending off the FBI and local police, Rolly uncovers tantalizing connections between Fleetwood, a crusading journalist, a celebrity artist, a punk rock singer, a radical animal-rights organization, and the dead woman's own dysfunctional family. As he races against the authorities to uncover Arion's true identity, Rolly's investigation begins to reverberate with his own painful history. His search for the truth leads to him to a ruined casino on a deserted Mexican island where shocking secrets are unleashed in a ruthless showdown between tormented and tormentors.

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Jennifer's Review
Ballast Point Breakdown is a good book. It keeps you guessing till the end.
 Folly Waters is a guitarist and private detective tasked with finding a guy named Butch Fleetwood based on dog tags he was given. And so unravels a mystery with many suspects, twists and turns. 
Folly eventually figures out who and what is behind the project called Arion. 
Read if you like mysteries. 
3 stars.

Author Bio
Corey Lynn Fayman has made a career of avoiding the sunlight in his hometown of San Diego, California, where he’s worked as a keyboard player, a sound designer for the world-famous Old Globe Theatre, and an interactive designer for organizations both corporate and sundry. He also teaches at various colleges and universities.

Boredom, and a warped sense of literary ambition, led him to conceive of the character of Rolly Waters, the guitar-playing detective first featured in the San Diego Book Awards nominated mystery Black’s Beach Shuffle. Unduly encouraged by this early success, or perhaps from a personal need for symbolic revenge against guitar playing show-offs, he set about writing a second Rolly Waters Mystery, Border Field Blues, winner of the Genre Award at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival.

Unlike his hard-rocking protagonist, Mr. Fayman can only manage a couple of beers before he has to lie down and take a nap. He’s managed to stay married to the same woman for more years than either of them probably expected, aided by a shared love for improvised driving adventures and an arid sense of humor. Many years soaking up the temperate climate that Mr. Fayman’s hometown is famous for has had no noticeable effect on his attitude.

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