Best-selling author Mark Bego, this month also releases his 60th book, which is his first novel called “Murder at Motor City Records.” It is an exciting homage to Agatha Christie mysteries, Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain crime novels, and the music of his hometown of Detroit. According to Bego: “After years of interviewing rock stars I had so much fun inventing the bigger-than-life characters in this book, from the fictional stars, to the music-obsessed detective who is hot on the trail of the killer. It is something like having a cocktail-loving ‘The Thin Man’ detective solving a murder at a legendary Motown-like record label.”
Bego, who is the author of 59 non-fiction books on rock & roll and show business, has over 10 million books in print, and has written two New York Times best-sellers and a Chicago Tribune best-seller. Three of his biggest hit books were on figures that made Detroit’s Motown Records famous: The Supremes (assisting Mary Wilson), Martha Reeves, and Michael Jackson. Taking notes from those experiences, Mark has created his own fictional Motown-like record company, and a whole colorful roster of singing stars. When the president of his fabricated Motor City Records is found dead, the disgruntled and jealous singing stars at the label are amongst the prime murder suspects.
According to the back cover: “Detective Marcus Rusk grew up in Detroit loving the wonderful ’60s and ’70s sounds of the music that came from Motor City Records. However, the evening after the label’s 35th Anniversary reunion show, someone wants the president of the record company dead. Who killed Harry Stone? It seems that everyone on the label has a motive for wanting him erased, including: Cheryl Lamour—the star of the singing trio The Elations, bitchy diva Roxanne Wills, icy songstress Vicki Vance, bisexual crooner Jamison Burke, Harry’s ex-wife Laura, sexually confused Roger Washington, and Harry’s business partners—Sammy Solar and William Blue. Rusk faces his most challenging case—the murder of Harry Stone—which takes him on a trail of interviewing all of his favorite Motor City music stars. Author Mark Bego takes the reader on an entertaining and cocktail-filled ride through the streets of Detroit to solve Detective Rusk’s most fascinating case.” It is an exciting mix of diva fights, rivalries, hit singles, and a crime of passion.
With the music of Motown suddenly back in fashion on Broadway (Berry Gordy’s new musical), in film (Lenny Kravitz starring in a new Marvin Gaye bio-pic), and at the newsstands (Mary Wilson’s commemorative magazine “50th Anniversary Celebration / My Supremes” written with Bego/Event-bookazines), Mark Bego’s Detroit-based “Murder at Motor City Records” arrives on the marketplace with perfect timing.