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Theft, greed, and corruption collide in Peter Colt's hard-edged new mystery featuring Vietnam veteran turned Boston P.I. Andy Roark. 1985, Boston. In Vietnam, Andy Roark witnessed death and horrifying destruction. But for the soldiers who made it back alive, there are other casualties of war--the loss of tenderness, trust, and connection. Still feeling adrift and unsettl Theft, greed, and corruption collide in Peter Colt's hard-edged new mystery featuring Vietnam veteran turned Boston P.I. Andy Roark. 1985, Boston. In Vietnam, Andy Roark witnessed death and horrifying destruction. But for the soldiers who made it back alive, there are other casualties of war--the loss of tenderness, trust, and connection. Still feeling adrift and unsettled, Andy has struck up a welcome friendship with Nguyen, a Vietnamese restaurant owner. Sipping beer and trading memories after the restaurant shutters, Andy gradually learns of the extraordinary lengths Nguyen took to flee Saigon shortly after its fall. Andy's latest case, too, has ties to Vietnam. His new client, a beautiful and enigmatic young Vietnamese woman, hires him to investigate her uncle's murder. Andy discovers a connection to a group of refugees determined to overthrow the communist government. Led by the sinister Colonel Tran, the Committee is extorting local business owners to raise funds. The search for more answers takes Andy from Boston to Washington D.C. to San Francisco, and deep into a web of political and personal betrayal. Somewhere near the heart of this mystery is a connection to Nguyen's daring escape from Saigon. Decades may have passed, but sometimes the price of freedom twists allies into enemies, loyalties into betrayals, and truth into a web of lies . . .


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Theft, greed, and corruption collide in Peter Colt's hard-edged new mystery featuring Vietnam veteran turned Boston P.I. Andy Roark. 1985, Boston. In Vietnam, Andy Roark witnessed death and horrifying destruction. But for the soldiers who made it back alive, there are other casualties of war--the loss of tenderness, trust, and connection. Still feeling adrift and unsettl Theft, greed, and corruption collide in Peter Colt's hard-edged new mystery featuring Vietnam veteran turned Boston P.I. Andy Roark. 1985, Boston. In Vietnam, Andy Roark witnessed death and horrifying destruction. But for the soldiers who made it back alive, there are other casualties of war--the loss of tenderness, trust, and connection. Still feeling adrift and unsettled, Andy has struck up a welcome friendship with Nguyen, a Vietnamese restaurant owner. Sipping beer and trading memories after the restaurant shutters, Andy gradually learns of the extraordinary lengths Nguyen took to flee Saigon shortly after its fall. Andy's latest case, too, has ties to Vietnam. His new client, a beautiful and enigmatic young Vietnamese woman, hires him to investigate her uncle's murder. Andy discovers a connection to a group of refugees determined to overthrow the communist government. Led by the sinister Colonel Tran, the Committee is extorting local business owners to raise funds. The search for more answers takes Andy from Boston to Washington D.C. to San Francisco, and deep into a web of political and personal betrayal. Somewhere near the heart of this mystery is a connection to Nguyen's daring escape from Saigon. Decades may have passed, but sometimes the price of freedom twists allies into enemies, loyalties into betrayals, and truth into a web of lies . . .

30 review for Back Bay Blues

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Back bay blues was written by Peter Colt. I listened to the audiobook version of it and the narrator did a good job. Pleasant and easy to follow. This is my first novel by this author. The story is a fiction of mystery and crime. P. I., Andy Roark to will have to try to solve this case, with lots of twists and turns. No one can be trusted. It’s a very “80’s” book with Magnum P. I mustaches, Lots of cigarette smoking and the popular attire is fancy sweat suits. Andy Roark was in Vietnam. He will r Back bay blues was written by Peter Colt. I listened to the audiobook version of it and the narrator did a good job. Pleasant and easy to follow. This is my first novel by this author. The story is a fiction of mystery and crime. P. I., Andy Roark to will have to try to solve this case, with lots of twists and turns. No one can be trusted. It’s a very “80’s” book with Magnum P. I mustaches, Lots of cigarette smoking and the popular attire is fancy sweat suits. Andy Roark was in Vietnam. He will recall a lot of things that happened to him over there in light of this new case. I found it very entertaining and would recommend it to an older adult audience. Thank you NETGALLEY and the publisher for this ARC audiobook, in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Clutter

    Too many cliche's I feel in love with the first book and by the time I read the second, I wanted a divorce. Too much regurgitating the past. This guy Andy needs some professional help. Too many cliche's I feel in love with the first book and by the time I read the second, I wanted a divorce. Too much regurgitating the past. This guy Andy needs some professional help.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Adams

    If you liked the first Andy Roark book, you'll like this one. If you haven't read the first one and you want to read this one, you definitely can. 1980s grizzled PI story against a backdrop of Boston and SF. Endless reference to his Vietnam War past. Sometimes felt like the time period was an excuse to describe things in a way that wouldn't fly in 2020. For me personally, I ended up skimming a lot of the last bit. However, I think a lot of people enjoy this type of book and this is one worth the If you liked the first Andy Roark book, you'll like this one. If you haven't read the first one and you want to read this one, you definitely can. 1980s grizzled PI story against a backdrop of Boston and SF. Endless reference to his Vietnam War past. Sometimes felt like the time period was an excuse to describe things in a way that wouldn't fly in 2020. For me personally, I ended up skimming a lot of the last bit. However, I think a lot of people enjoy this type of book and this is one worth their while. For fans of: long descriptions of guns, cranky Nam vets, and constant references to the fickle nature of Boston's early spring weather. 2.5 rounded up Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    A terrific entry in the Boston PI genre. It's 1985 and the war in Vietnam is not yet a distant memory, especially for a guy like Andy Roark, who has PTSD. When he's approached by Thuy Duong to investigate the murder of her beloved uncle Hieu, he discovers there are vast disagreements in the local Vietnamese emigre community, many of which stretch back years. There's also corruption, which Hieu had planned to expose. It's a complicated plot with great atmospherics. And the character are boffo. Ye A terrific entry in the Boston PI genre. It's 1985 and the war in Vietnam is not yet a distant memory, especially for a guy like Andy Roark, who has PTSD. When he's approached by Thuy Duong to investigate the murder of her beloved uncle Hieu, he discovers there are vast disagreements in the local Vietnamese emigre community, many of which stretch back years. There's also corruption, which Hieu had planned to expose. It's a complicated plot with great atmospherics. And the character are boffo. Yes Roark has demons but he's facing them. Thanks to n Netgalley for the ARC. This is the second in the series but fine as a standalone. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Roark did a tour in Vietnam, time in the Boston PD, and has refugee friends with similar memories who count him as a friend as well, became a PI. When a journalist in Boston and an import/export man in DC are murdered because of their positions when still living in their homeland, questions need to be asked and Roark is the one to to it. Along the way he is hired by a young Vietnamese American woman, gets royally beaten, and travels a lot looking for answers about these men while dealing with hi Roark did a tour in Vietnam, time in the Boston PD, and has refugee friends with similar memories who count him as a friend as well, became a PI. When a journalist in Boston and an import/export man in DC are murdered because of their positions when still living in their homeland, questions need to be asked and Roark is the one to to it. Along the way he is hired by a young Vietnamese American woman, gets royally beaten, and travels a lot looking for answers about these men while dealing with his own forms of survivor's guilt and probable PTSD. I found it a very good read. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Don Gorman

    (3). Andy Roark is a solid protagonist. Definitely in the slighted but enduring category, he has lots of flaws but is ready for action and has a good soul. I really enjoyed this book, but wonder if others who did not grow up in the Vietnam war era will be quite as intrigued. There is so much reference to the war and its effect on Roark and everyone else in this story I am not sure it would be as compelling to those readers of a different era. Either way, this is well written and moves very nicel (3). Andy Roark is a solid protagonist. Definitely in the slighted but enduring category, he has lots of flaws but is ready for action and has a good soul. I really enjoyed this book, but wonder if others who did not grow up in the Vietnam war era will be quite as intrigued. There is so much reference to the war and its effect on Roark and everyone else in this story I am not sure it would be as compelling to those readers of a different era. Either way, this is well written and moves very nicely, I will look for the next in the series. Good stuff.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anne Crockett

    Not bad - nods to Robert B. Parker (Spenser for hire), Dashiell Hammet (Sam Spade) and a bit of John D. McDonald (Travis McGee) set in Boston. A quick read, not overly complicated. The story moved right along. What I liked best were the settings - he didn't invent streets and landmarks, but used actual locations. Not bad - nods to Robert B. Parker (Spenser for hire), Dashiell Hammet (Sam Spade) and a bit of John D. McDonald (Travis McGee) set in Boston. A quick read, not overly complicated. The story moved right along. What I liked best were the settings - he didn't invent streets and landmarks, but used actual locations.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie Hoversten

    I did not like this book. The mystery was uninteresting and poorly presented. Too much of the book was taken up with the main character’s obsession with his time in Vietnam. And of course there was the obligatory sexual hookup with one of the women who was obviously not what she seemed. Don’t waste your time!

  9. 5 out of 5

    TC

    Second in the series about an Ex-Vietnam vet turned PI in Boston. Best part of listening to this book on audio is that the narrator has a heavy Boston accent. Lots of violence, but it is pretty funny too. Great plot that twists and turns.

  10. 5 out of 5

    William Koon

    After absorbing the beauty of Jon Banville’s Snow, following up with Peter Colt’s Back Bay Blues, felt like walking into a very diminished world with empty promise. Nothing in life is fair.

  11. 5 out of 5

    OjoAusana

    *received for free from netgalley for honest review* whelp that was a rather long racist and slur packed book.... also kinda creepy. not my cup of tea

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stanley McShane

    The protagonist, Andy Roark is a Vietnam veteran of the Special Forces, Recon. He was perfect in his role and good at what he did. He was a survivor. The problem was, he saw a lot of his buddies die and ended with survivor’s guilt as well as a good bit of PTSD. Arriving back home, no real family to speak of, he worked a short time in the Boston PD and decided it was worse than the Army. So he became a private investigator. It’s been sufficient for him until he is hired by a young Vietnamese Amer The protagonist, Andy Roark is a Vietnam veteran of the Special Forces, Recon. He was perfect in his role and good at what he did. He was a survivor. The problem was, he saw a lot of his buddies die and ended with survivor’s guilt as well as a good bit of PTSD. Arriving back home, no real family to speak of, he worked a short time in the Boston PD and decided it was worse than the Army. So he became a private investigator. It’s been sufficient for him until he is hired by a young Vietnamese American woman to find out who killed her uncle. His first look into the matter discovers there was a journalist in Boston killed within two days of her uncle. There is a locally strong Vietnamese community apparently divided politically and problems have festered between the two factions. The deeper he gets into the investigation, the more serious attempt on his life, but at this point, the pit bull in him comes out and he will NOT drop it until he knows the whole story. The corruption appears to spread fingers beyond the community. It is a complex and well-plotted narrative, fast-paced. I enjoyed the author’s sense of humor, which intermittently softened the seriousness of the storyline. There was knowledge and expertise expressed, explanation of materiels. Remember, this is back in 1985—ten years after the fall of Saigon. Andy is damaged, scarred, aware of his aloneness. Not lonely. Alone. He is a sympathic character, an underdog to root for. The author has a unique writing style that I appreciated and kept me engaged. The conclusion was very satisfying. My first novel with this author and this series, but I found no problem jumping right into Book 2 (and will be looking forward to Book 3). Looking for something different? Entertaining, unique? Totally recommended. Read my full review at https://rosepointpublishing.com/2020/...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda rast

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steve Paul

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bob Button

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joy Bucy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Ava Siegler

  18. 5 out of 5

    Je Welle

  19. 5 out of 5

    robert g. anderson, jr.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  21. 4 out of 5

    Reina Lieberman

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zelda Kaplan

  23. 4 out of 5

    john e. mordock

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda Scott

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Kromer

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jack

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susen

  28. 4 out of 5

    J Brent Dunn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Driver

  30. 4 out of 5

    sari s. tuchi

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