Dead Air signals trouble at the radio station. Glenn Beckert discovers his high school best friend is shot in the head while on the air. Beck, the owner of Blue Water Security, is employed to provide security for the station.

He becomes willingly embroiled in the investigation by the not-so-innocent widow. The list of potential suspects is long, gleaned from the numerous extramarital affairs of the victim and widow. The pending sale of the radio station has created friction between his now dead friend, Richie Zito and the major stockholders. Motives for murder becomes increasingly murky after the search reveals an encrypted file on Zito’s laptop. 

Beck enlists the help of an old flame, Irene Schade, to break the code, revealing a money laundering network leading to the financial and political powers of his beloved city of Pittsburgh. Their collaboration ignites the flames of passion each had considered extinguished.

A former college teammate, police Lieutenant Paglironi delivers a message to back off. Arrogantly, he ignores his friend’s advice. The threats from less friendly sources are more ominous, forcing Beck to move in an unfamiliar world. A startling revelation from his client forces Beck to deal with his inner conviction of right and wrong, challenging the gray areas of his ethical principles. Betraying his client’s confidence could expose the killer. The alternative is to confront the suspect and take matters into his own hands. Either way his life is in jeopardy. 

Dead Air is an incredible murder mystery that gives an ode to the classic mystery crime novels written by some of the greats. Dead Air captivated me from the first page, and this was thanks to the classical, but engrossing feel the story had. As I continued to read this book, I found myself being drawn in, bit by bit at the perfect pace so that at the most crucial of times I was fully immersed and reading the shock and horror of particular events. If you are a reader who is looking to read a splendid murder mystery, then Dead Air cannot be missed as Dead Air, a debut novel written by Cliff Protzman is a novel not to be missed thanks to its originality and compelling nature that will have its’s readers reading for hours on end.

Glenn Beckert, better known as Beck, is the owner of Blue Water Security and one business that Blue Water Security provide security for is a radio station called Z-Rock. Beck provides security for this radio station and it is a good gig for him considering that his friend Richie from high school is the one that works there and runs it. However, one day his friend is shot in the head in cold blood while on the air and what follows is a terrifying plot that unravels bit by bit at an alarming rate which slowly reveals shocking truths and hidden agendas.

Beck will soon find himself involved in the investigation into the murder of his friend and shortly into the investigation Beck, along with an old ‘friend’ Lieutenant James Pagilroni – the leader of the investigation – discover that many people could have the motive to murder Richie; far more than Beck first thought. What follows is a gripping investigation in which there are many suspects; Dead Air is a classic whodunit story that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. Was the murder committed by the widow? After all, she has been unfaithful but then so had Richie. Or was it one of the stockholders who had stakes in the radio station as they were looking to sell… much to the dislike of Richie. Or worse, is it thanks to a troubling conspiracy involving transfers between organizations and offshore banks? Read Dead Air to find out!

The story of Dead Air was remarkable, and I adored throwing myself into this novel as I read as the plot unraveled. The author Cliff Protzman does a fantastic job of unraveling the mystery, bit by bit for the readers, never giving too much away too early on. Protzman manages to hook his reader and keep them reading and entertained thanks to the constant tension he builds as well as suspense in the story. What I adored the most about Protzman and his story was his ability to be so inventive and creative as well as original. These three attributes combined made Dead Air a delight to read and a story, unlike anything I have read before.

As Dead Air is a brilliant, phenomenal tale that will shock, excite and terrify you, I have no choice but to award this stunning piece of fiction a thrilling Five Stars!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Dead Air; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

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Thanks for the marvelous review Aimee Ann. You are correct I was reaching to creating a modern noir, in the style of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammitt. Their stories were period pieces set int he mid 20th century, noir can exist today. The characters were meant to reflect the hard boiled crime fiction updated thoughts and feelings.I hope your followers enjoy Dead Air as well.

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