Monday, August 02, 2010

Gary Ruffin's HOT SHOT: A Tale of Murder and Mayhem on the Florida Beaches

Arriving in stores this week is Hot Shot, a humorous and fast-paced new mystery from a promising new voice in crime fiction.

Musician and debut novelist Gary Ruffin brings both the evocative small-town atmosphere of James Lee Burke’s best mysteries and side-splitting humor of Carl Hiassen’s brilliant stories of his beloved Floridians. Along with the memorable Coop, the lone detective on the Gulf Front, Florida police force, Hot Shot offers an unforgettable cast of quirky characters, including Mafia men Joey Carrabba and Don Carmine, Louisiana Senator Harry James Quitman, and the beautiful Special Agent Shelley Brooke – Coop’s love interest. From the Florida beaches, to the shores of Gulf Coast Alabama, and all the way to the city of New Orleans, Hot Shot is a rollicking thrill-ride.

Author Gary Ruffin was born and raised outside of Atlanta, GA. His early career as singer, songwriter and guitar player with the progressive rock band Smoke Rise culminated with the first American Rock Opera, Survival of St. Joan (1970), to be staged on Broadway. He was contracted to write 8 songs for James Brown but they were never produced before his death. Gary also wrote and helped direct some of the first country videos (12 Pack and Two Steppin’ Out On Me). After battling a series of illnesses, and “technically dying,” Gary had an operation to remove a brain tumor and had a tracheotomy and has been on a feeding tube for eight years. Continuing to overcome all his challenges and obstacles in order to find some creative outlet, Gary began writing novels. Hot Shot is his debut.
Teresa Weaver of Atlanta magazine notes: "Longtime Atlantan Gary Ruffin, a guitarist and songwriter for the 1970s rock band Smoke Rise, riffs on comic mystery in this debut novel set in a small town in Florida. Ruffin’s music career ended after a 2001 operation to remove a brain tumor left him disabled. Now a published novelist, he says he is “happy to be working, and completely inspired.”

Gary Ruffin will be at Barnes & Noble in Snellville, Georgia on Sunday, August 15, at 3pm.


Anonymous said...

cool, very inspiring!

Anita jones said...

What an inspiration love your work