By Chris Formant
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Al “Blind Owl” Wilson, Peter Ham—all iconic rock stars, all died under a cloud of mystery at age 27—some within weeks of each other. Author Chris Formant transports readers into the past lives of the geniuses of 1960’s music and the cruel heart of the early days of rock and roll in this mind-blowing thriller, BRIGHT MIDNIGHT (Aster + Blue; November 9, 2016). The novel creatively proposes new evidence and cracks open a shocking story that delivers a gut punch to the music industry. Conspiracy theories get blown sky high in a story of suspense readers won’t be able to put down.
Gantry Elliot, an investigative writer for Rolling Stone, is struggling to keep up with new music trends and longing for the days his career was in its prime. When anonymous packages start showing up at his office—and then his home—with cryptic notes and intimate physical evidence, a veritable Pandora’s box of eye-popping revelations spill out. Rather than drug overdoses and suicides, Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, and other 1960’s music stars were murdered.
Gantry initially shrugs it off as another rock and roll trivia nutcase trying to get his attention. But when the packages start getting more personal, urgent and frightening, Gantry seeks the help of the FBI, and together they finally crack open the biggest cold cases in the history of music.
Revelatory and utterly shocking twists and turns will keep readers guessing until the final pages. Meticulously researched, the clever interplay of truth with fiction make BRIGHT MIDNIGHT a must-read for rock and roll fans, thrillers and dark secrets people will kill to protect.
The novel features stunning cover art by one of the artistic geniuses of the psychedelic era, legendary Fillmore poster artist, David Singer, depicts the joy and sorrow of the young “minstrels” and musical poets of 1960’s rock and roll along with the harrowing suspense of a 21st century murder mystery, into a work of art.
CHRIS FORMANT, who got his start in rock and roll in his early “garage band’ days, never dreamed he would one day hold a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Today he is still a student of rock and roll and an avid collector of rock memorabilia. As an executive in a leading global company, running a multi-billion-dollar business, Formant is the unlikeliest of authors of a murder mystery. However, the continued unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of our most iconic rock legends led Formant to first speculate and then re-imagine what would happen if cutting-edge technology were applied to these famous cold cases. By conducting research into the archives of the Hall of Fame, studying advanced forensics techniques and gaining creative insights from top doctors, FBI investigators and a former editor of Rolling Stone magazine, Formant crafted what is being referred to as the “The DaVinci Code for Rock and Roll Fans.”
By Chris Formant
Aster + Blue; November 9, 2016
275 pages; $16.95 paperback; eBook $8.99