Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Down Solo / Earl Javorsky

Reviewed by: Keith Nixon

Genre: Supernatural/Crime Fiction

Approximate word count: 50-55,000 words.

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After a long stint trying to make it as a musician in LA and clawing his way up to mid-level management in the chemical entertainment industry, Earl went back to his first love—writing. Earl now works as a proof reader and editor. Down Solo is his debut novel.

You can learn more about the author at his website.


Things haven't been going well for Charlie Miner. His work as a private investigator involves him with an endless roster of shady characters. His ex-wife is borderline crazy. And he hasn't been getting to spend anywhere near enough time with his teenage daughter Mindy, the one person in his life who truly matters to him.

When he wakes up on a slab in the morgue with a hole in his head, though, things get even worse.

Just before the shooting, Charlie was investigating a case involving fraud, gold, religious zealots, and a gorgeous woman who seemed to be at the center of everything. Even with a fatal bullet wound, Charlie can connect the dots from the case to his attack. And when his daughter is abducted by someone involved, the stakes get exponentially higher. Charlie needs to find Mindy before the criminals do the same thing to her that they did to him.

After that, maybe he'll try to figure out how he's walking around dead.


Well this is an intriguing story… first and foremost because at the outset the protagonist, Charlie Miner, wakes up in a mortuary with a bullet hole in his head. He’s clinically dead, yet somehow still alive.

What first drew me to Down Solo was the blurb and a couple of author quotes from favourites such as Paul D. Brazill and Les Edgerton. If those guys are fans, there must be something within, right?


Surprisingly, it doesn’t take long to get used to the idea that Charlie is dead. For one thing Down Solo is written in first person. So as Charlie accepts it, so does the reader. Smart move on the author’s part. Charlie is just as puzzled by what’s going on and spends the entire novel figuring out his own medical miracle as well as discovering who killed him and why, plus looking out for his daughter, Mindy, who’s caught up in the mess.

Down Solo is an intriguing mix of the supernatural (Charlie is able to escape his own body and investigate his surroundings as a spirit no-one can see, but not for too long) and crime (lots of people get shot). It’s loaded with dark humour and trips along at a very good pace. The characters are strong and the dialogue suitably snappy. I thoroughly enjoyed Down Solo. Go look up Earl Javorsky.


Nothing unusual for a crime novel.

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Rating: ***** Five Stars

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