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A murder mystery with a twist involving a least-likely detective, a disillusioned, New York City musician named Gary Morrissey. Gary finds himself involved in a murder investigation of his own making when shadows of government corruption and hints of premeditated genocide are cast over a friend’s murder. The author’s own experiences are reflected in his lead character, whose love for New York City and for its less-than-attractive suburbs and citizens emanates from every page and whose musical knowledge and expertise provide a unique background for the events that unfold.

“Harry Pellegrin strikes the right chord with guitar-slinger Gary Morrissey, a man who goes looking for his muse and finds murder instead. A slice-of-life mystery from someone who ’s been there."

—Rich Rainey, Author of Crossed Borders and UFORCE


“Welcome to the fold, Gary Morrissey! In the same mold as John D. McDonald ’s Travis McGee and Robert H. Parker ’s Spencer, this beer-loving, Fiat-driving, musician-cum-detective fictional character joins the ranks of the greats in this twisty Chandler-esque thriller. Harry Pellegrin takes the reader on an exciting spin through the more ‘colorful ’ and often-dangerous aspects of New York ’s lower Hudson River Valley. It ’s obvious that Mr. Pellegrin is destined to make a big splash in the deep end of the literary talent pool.”

 —M.W. Seddon ,Pre-Pro Film Designer

Includes a Foreword by Dónal Gallagher

 About LOW END

Gary Morrissey, a working musician slowly succumbing to a day job, has just learned of the death of a friend, session bass player Devon Jones. The report comes via the person of Martin Seddon, a mutual friend. “Captain” Marty doesn’t believe that the official story of Devon’s death is truth. Although neither of the men have any idea of what they can do to find the unofficial truth, Gary feels a certain loyalty and a desire to help Marty since he’d helped Gary recover and cope after a nasty divorce.

Devon had been gunned down by police officers during a response to what was purported to be a loud domestic dispute. However, Devon had been preoccupied with what he’d concluded to be a large-scale drug dealing conspiracy and had been in fear for his life. Were the police really responsible? Had there been truth to his conspiracy theory? More from a sense of duty to a friend than any desire to get involved with what could possibly be a high-stakes illegal empire, Gary decides to ask a few questions.

Gary figures he can research Devon’s last few months of life by visiting some of his haunts and talking to those who knew him. Burdened by his own emotional wounds and the prospect of a new relationship with Lisa, a smart and attractive young lady, Gary is pulled between helping a friend and keeping Lisa and himself from joining Devon on the obituary page. His investigation, at first half-hearted and inept, gradually gains a position of prominence in his life as he crosses paths with a Yonkers Police Department homicide detective with a skeleton – literally – in his family closet, the sergeant-at-arms of the Devil’s Own, a small, local outlaw motorcycle club trying to maintain an air of legality in a tough neighborhood, and a high-roller drug czar who may not be what he seems.

Gary is falling for Lisa contradicting his own policy to avoid emotional dependence at all cost. Lisa too finds herself developing an emotional attachment that she says she doesn’t believe exists in ‘real’ life. She also has a secret that she is trying to keep Gary from discovering.

Devon thought he had evidence in his possession that would prove the existence of a wide-scale government attempt to kill off the Baby Boomers before they reach Social Security age. Why before this age? His assumption was that the government would want to do this rather than go bankrupt paying out Social Security benefits to the largest group of recipients ever. While Gary feels this theoretical ‘conspiracy’ is ludicrous, he becomes more and more convinced that, although it might not have been the government who had killed Devon, he just might have had evidence of something, and that something just possibly had been proven lethal.

What They're Saying About the Book:

Upstate author pens rock 'n' roll mystery
LEE GOODEN , For The Saratogian 08/13/2004
Low End

By Harry G. Pellegrin

Published by Bedside Books

332 pages $22 Trade paperback

'Low End' is a mystery that Harry Pellegrin's protagonist Gary Morrissey solves between 1988 and 1989. It is similar to other mystery crime noir characters written in the first person, like Robert B. Parker's Spencer, Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Lawrence Block's Mathew Scudder.

Pellegrin sets the story in the late '80s New York City rock 'n'roll scene with believability. His knowledge of blues and rock is undisputed. He mentions the late great guitarist Rory Gallagher, who was not only one of the world's greatest guitarists, but also a fan of detective and crime fiction.

The novel begins with a cleverly paced prologue describing the murder of Morrissey's friend and former bass player and bandmate Devon. As a present day Morrissey reminisces about Devon, Pellegrin sends the reader back to 1988.

In 1988 Morrissey is a rock 'n' roll blues guitarist and a recent divorcee who lives in a hot sticky apartment in the South [Yonkers]. His day job consists of repairing copy machines.

He drives a [Fiat 124S Spider] and seems relatively happy going day to day from beer to beer, paycheck to paycheck and gig to gig until a friend and bandmate named Captain Marty, from their defunct band Air Raid, informs Morrissey that their mutual friend and bassist Devon has died and was possibly murdered.

Captain Marty asks Morrissey to investigate because he thinks Morrissey would be good at getting the answers.

Morrissey follows clues and discovers that everything is not what it seems. He is led to a gripping cat-and-mouse ending with a remorseless killer.

'Low End' is crafted like a song. It is a crime novel narrated in the first person with the typical wise cracks and testosterone-fueled bravado, and a mystery that one can sink their teeth into. But it is also a spiritual journey.

There are many writers who try too hard to emulate the masters, like Hammett, Chandler, MacDonald, Spillane and McBain. So cumbersome are their efforts, that they lose their own voices. But Pellegrin's protagonist has a voice of the street and a hardened cynical edge, softened with a good heart.

But readers will trust Morrissey only so far, because we know that with enough rope he will hang himself. Morrissey is like a mouth sore that we just can't help but touch. We know it's going to hurt but we don't care. Pellegrin, like God, sits in the back seat while his creation takes over.

I look forward to the further adventures of Morrissey and anything else Harry G. Pellegrin writes. He has written for periodicals like Soundboard: The Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America, The Horse: Backstreet Choppers. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural upstate New York.
©The Saratogian 2004


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From Stage to Page

By GREG HAYMES, Staff writer

First published: Thursday, November 20, 2003

From Stage to Page

Scotia's Harry Pellegrin knows music. He began taking piano lessons at age 5, switched to bass at 11 and took up guitar at 13. He graduated from Manhattan's Mannes College of Music, and played in several rock bands in The Bronx.

So when Pellegrin began writing a novel, it was no surprise that he turned to the world of music. His first novel is "Low End," a rock 'n' roll mystery featuring disillusioned NYC rocker Gary Morrissey, who finds himself entangled in a murder investigation set amid the back alleys and dive barrooms of Yonkers.

"Low End" won't land in stores until February, but you can buy a copy online (http://www. pellegrinlowend.com). Or better yet, drop by Starbucks on Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, where Pellegrin is conducting a book-signing session.

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LOW END is Published by Bedside Books, an imprint of American Book Publishing.

ISBN 1-58982-074-6

LOW END Copyright 2003  Harry G. Pellegrin

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