"A good who-done-it and why"
Over her reporter's objections, the Gabriel Monitor editor
assigns Alex Bernier to cover the annual upstate New York's
Melting Rock Music Festival. Alex finds all the comfort
that would make a teenager feel happy being amidst the
racket that the youth call music. However, she is not a
teen so living on undercooked overpriced hot dogs and
sleeping outdoors for the four day extravaganza seems rough
on the stomach and back respectively.
Alex interviews stoned attendees who've been to this event
for the past few years. However, the mellow atmosphere of
the drugged crowd turns ugly when three male teens suddenly
die. Alex feels elated as she is now in her element. She
investigates the homicides over the objections of her
Gabriel police department officer boyfriend Brian Cody.
The Boomers will enjoy the vivid description of the mini-
city of mud, drugs, free love, rip-offs, and good feelings
of Woodstock; selective memory enables ignoring the real
ugly rapes, and other bad doings that went on back then
Fans of investigative tales will find the murders and
subsequent inquiries take a back seat to the festival. The
hazed teens are a delight to observe until the murders
begin. However, Alex should not have inhaled, as that can
be the only reason for her to disregard Cody and place
herself in danger trying to solve the case.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 8, 2003