The Armageddon Rag: A Novel

By George R. R. Martin

“The most sensible novel in regards to the American pop track tradition of the sixties I’ve ever read.”—Stephen King
 
From number 1 New York Times bestselling writer George R. R. Martin comes the last word novel of revolution, rock ’n’ roll, and apocalyptic murder—a lovely paintings of fiction that portrays not only the tip of an period, however the finish of the area as we all know it.
 
Onetime underground journalist Sandy Blair has come a ways from his radical roots within the ’60s—until anything without warning attracts him again: the weird and brutal homicide of a rock promoter who made thousands with a band referred to as the Nazgûl. Now, as Sandy units out to enquire the crime, he reveals himself drawn again into his personal past—a magical secret journey of the pent-up passions of his new release. For a brand new messiah has resurrected the Nazgûl and the mad new rhythm could be greater than someone bargained for—a requiem of demonism, brain keep watch over, and loss of life, whose apocalyptic track in simple terms Sandy are able to switch in time . . . earlier than all people follows the beat.
 
“The wilder points of the ’60s . . . roar again to existence during this hallucinatory tale via a grasp of chilling suspense.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“What a narrative, filled with nostalgia and unending pleasure. . . . It’s taut, stressful, and strikes like lightning.”—Tony Hillerman
 
“Daring . . . a figuring out, wistful appraisal of . . . an important American generation.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Moving . . . comedian . . . eerie . . . rather and really a stroll down reminiscence lane.”—The Washington Post

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Yeah, probably. You don’t be aware of Rick, although. He was once only a thin Catholic child from the Southside of Philly. an unpleasant thin Catholic child. He by no means may perhaps deal with it. He’d attempt any drug Jamie received him, and fuck whatever with legs that was once keen to unfold ’em, yet forever he was once type of apprehensive approximately it. like all minute a few nun was once going to return alongside and hit him with a fucking ruler. these photos stricken him lots. Peter took care of it, even though. ” “Faxon? ” Slozewski nodded. “One evening he obtained Jamie consuming, and controlled to persuade him that he desired to ogle the photographs a bit, you recognize, and in some way he obtained Jamie to take ’em out and go ’em round. after which Peter simply took ’em away and ripped ’em into little items, correct in entrance of Lynch. It didn’t make a lot distinction. Lynch had plenty of handles on us. ” Slozewski accomplished his drink and set it apart. “Hey,” he stated, “you aren’t going to print this, are you? ” “Don’t you will want the area to understand the reality approximately Jamie Lynch? ” “Oh, come on! ” Slozewski protested. “Can’t we preserve this off the list? I don’t provide a flying fuck what the area is aware approximately Lynch, yet Maggio’s bought adequate difficulties. I don’t care a lot for him, perhaps, yet that don’t suggest i need to clutter him up greater than he’s tousled already. ” Sandy gave a sympathetic shrug. “I don’t know,” he stated. “I’ve received to interview Maggio. He may possibly hold himself together with his personal phrases. If he doesn’t, even though, I’ll see what i will be able to do to melt the stuff approximately him. perhaps. ” He held up a hand rapidly. “No gives you, yet it’s Lynch I’m attracted to, as a rule. I knew his rep, yet I by no means fairly knew the main points. i will see why you aren’t donning black. ” That drew a rueful, hangdog grin out of Gopher John. “Yeah, good, I advised you. ” “What approximately lately? due to the fact West Mesa? ” “I didn’t have a lot touch with Jamie Lynch after West Mesa,” Slozewski acknowledged. “By selection. His agreement was once with the Nazgûl, you notice. With the 4 folks. He owned the Nazgûl. were you aware that? you recognize what Hobbins used to name him? ” “Mister Lynch Sir? ” Slozewski laughed. “No. yet you could determine it out. you recognize the place the identify got here from, don’t you? The Nazgûl? ” “Patrick Henry Hobbins,” Sandy acknowledged. He’d incorporated the anecdote in either one of his prior interviews with the crowd; it was once a widely known piece in their background. “Hobbins was once rather brief, in basic terms five-two, and he had all that white hair, together with a few on his ft, and he smoked a pipe. stuffed it with grass, however it used to be a pipe besides. So while Lord of the jewelry got here out, it used to be typical that he obtained nicknamed Hobbit. That acquired him into the entire Tolkien bag, and he used to be the person who named the gang the Nazgûl, after the flying baddies within the books. ” “Yeah,” acknowledged Slozewski. “So wager what he named Lynch? ” It were decades considering Sandy had learn the Tolkien trilogy. He needed to imagine for a minute. “Sauron,” he stated ultimately. “Sauron owned the Nazgûl. ” “Give the guy a beer,” Slozewski stated. He drew one and shoved it around the bar. “Jamie enjoyed it, really. After sizzling Wind out of Mordor climbed to the pinnacle of the album charts, he gave us 4 matching jewelry to commemorate the luck.

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