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The Big Rewind

by Libby Cudmore

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The Big Rewind by Libby Cudmore
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2016
    256 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Raymond Chandler meets Nick Hornby in this clever noir romp through hipster Brooklyn as a mysterious mix tape puts a young amateur sleuth on the hunt for a killer - and for the truths hidden within her own heart.

To listen to someone else's mix tapes is a huge breach of trust.

But KitKat was dead…and curiosity got the better of me.

When a mix tape destined for her friend KitKat accidentally arrives in Jett Bennett's mailbox, she doesn't think twice about it - even in the age of iTunes and Spotify, the hipster residents of the Barter Street district of Brooklyn are in a constant competition to see who can be the most retro.

But when Jett finds KitKat dead on her kitchen floor, Jett suspects the tape might be more than just a quirky collection of lovelorn ballads. And when KitKat's boyfriend Bronco is arrested for her murder, Jett and her best friend Sid set out to discover the real killer on an epic urban quest through strip joints and record stores, vegan bakeries and basement nightclubs. But the further into KitKat's past she goes, the more she discovers about her own left-behind love life - and the mysterious man whose song she still clings to….

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"Starred Review. Debut novelist Cudmore balances the crime and romance well and infuses the story with the exhilaration of shared musical tastes and the way they can amplify emotions." - Kirkus

"Cudmore's debut is a murder mystery, romance, coming-of-age story, and exercise in 1980s and 1990s music appreciation... Recommended for Generation Xers who like fast-paced, hip, and seminostalgic reads." - Library Journal

"Like Nick Hornby's High Fidelity for women…The Big Rewind is smart, poignant, and addicting. Libby Cudmore is a writer to watch." – Kristi Belcamino, Anthony and Macavity-award nominated author of Blessed are the Dead

"An absolutely stunning debut ... I can't recommend this book enough. The narrative, is fast, funny, heartbreaking, soul-searching, and boasts more twists than Lombard Street (San Fran)." - Matthew Quinn Martin, author of Nightlife

"Irreverent yet intense, The Big Rewind mixes razor-sharp prose with graceful storytelling. To put it simply, Libby Cudmore rocks." - Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award-winning author of Blood Always Tells

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Libby Cudmore

Libby Cudmore worked in video stores, bookstores and temp agencies before settling down in Upstate New York to write. The Big Rewind is her first novel, and her short stories have appeared in PANK, The Stoneslide Corrective, The Big Click, Big Lucks, the HANZAI JAPAN anthology and others. She makes all her own writing journals and has a halfway-decent record collection.

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