All Along the Watchtower, by Curt Colbert

Paperback: $16.95
ISBN: 9781941890684
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Mystery

All Along the Watchtower, by Curt Colbert

The Vietnam war is long over. Or so Seattle PI Matt Rossiter thought. Thirty years later, it’s back with a vengeance, slapping him in the face at every turn. Somebody is killing the members of his old platoon and Matt is increasingly reminded of his own actions during the conflict as he investigates.

Beginning with the body of his hated wartime sergeant being found on Jimi Hendrix’s grave – with a “Are You Experienced?” button pinned to his chest – Matt is at a loss to explain it or why an old platoon list found on him has his name crossed off of it. To make matters worse, Matt hasn’t got a clue about what the connection to Hendrix is.

After a copy of the same platoon list is taped to his door, this one with his own name crossed off, Matt is certain someone is out to murder his old comrades. He enlists the aid of Rachel Stern, a PI he helped train, to track them down, feeling it’s his duty to warn them.

As he searches from Bellingham, Washington, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; from Astoria, Oregon, to Oakland, California, the murders continue, and Matt has more and more flashbacks about his own actions during the Vietnam war. He’s either too late with his warnings, or they are unheeded by his former platoon members, which only serves to increase his untreated PTSD.

By the end of his harrowing search, Matt’s past and the present seem to merge into one as he follows a solid lead on the person that he thinks is responsible for the murders. But he is shaken to the core as he learns the reason behind the Hendrix songs when he identifies and confronts the killer.

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