A Broadway murder is always news, but even more so when the victim is Buddy Barrett, the hottest director of elaborate musicals in 1925 New York City. He's a kid who has captured the fancy of the public with the nickname The Boy Wonder of Broadway. When Buddy is shot on stage during a rehearsal at the Crittendon Theater, it's Mike Fargo's job to wonder just who killed him.
Almost immediately, Fargo learns that while on the road to directing two major hits and working on a third, Buddy Barrett has been making enemies with the same speed that bootleg booze is flowing throughout the city. In fact, his abrasive personality has let to a second nickname – Buddy the Bastard. With no immediate suspects, Fargo begins digging into the boy wonder's past and soon finds he doesn't have one. It's almost as if he popped up out of the mist to take New York City by storm.
Murder on Broadway is more than just a who-done-it. It's also about finding who Buddy Barrett really was, a quest that leads Fargo to cross paths with a major crime boss as well as taking a trip to Atlantic City, where he finds his own life in danger. The surprising conclusion has Fargo questioning his ability as a homicide detective and is yet another crisp addition to The Mike Fargo Mysteries series.
About the Author
Bill Gutman has been writing for more than four decades. His writing life has seen him publish some 200 books for both children and adults, fiction and non-fiction alike. He has written many biographies and sports histories, as well as ghosting a family memoir. His biographies include such diverse personalities as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, football coach Bill Parcells, Venus and Serena Williams, jazz great Duke Ellington and former president Andrew Jackson. He has worked with sports figures Kevin Kennedy, Pepper Johnson and Bobby Thomson on as-told-to books, and co-authored a series of sports books for young girls with current Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts. And he has interviewed countless athletes, musicians and others. Mr. Gutman's current passion is a series of novels and novellas featuring a tough detective working in 1920's New York City. The Mike Fargo Mysteries bring to life a wild period sparked by Prohibition, which banned the trafficking and sale of alcoholic beverages. But it was also a time when sports flourished, as did Broadway shows, jazz music and the movies. The popular culture dictated that women no longer had to stay at home and the flapper was born, a new age woman who smoked and drank, partied, and danced the Charleston, Black Bottom and the Shimmy. It was the era of hip flasks and speakeasies, and also organized crime. Mike Fargo navigates the City not only chasing murderers and crime bosses, but interacting with real characters such as Babe Ruth, Texas Guinan, Mae West, Mayor Jimmy Walker and others. There are six books in the Mike Fargo series thus far – the novel Murder on Murderer's Row and novellas Death of a Flapper, Murder on Broadway and Seven Days to Murder, A Mike Fargo Trilogy that includes the three novellas, and Roaring Twenties Cop, Mike Fargo's Own Story.