My personal take on the St. Francis of Assisi story.
Not a perfect person at peace with the world or himself, but one struggling with both.
A tale from antiquity that confronts and considers today’s most pressing issues.
Music mogul Daniel Erickson’s life has come to a perilous crossroads. Literally. He has a ruthless pair of killers on his tail and is chasing a million dollars that he owes a Russian mobster.
Standing along the same Mississippi highway where legend claims that bluesman Robert Johnson traded his immortal soul for matchless command of the guitar, Daniel finds himself on a path that parallels the evolution of American music from the Mississippi Delta to New Orleans and on to Memphis, Nashville, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, the Jersey Shore, New York, and Seattle.
At every stop, Daniel’s tour gets more dangerous with the hit men closing in, an FBI agent obsessed with his capture, and a rogue motorcycle gang hunting him down. Blues Highway Blues, Eyre Price’s debut novel, is a compelling and unique combination: part edge-of-your-seat road trip across America and part examination of the music that comprises its soundtrack.
Winner, Best Book of the Year (2012) awarded by Blues411
Owing a debt to the mysterious bluesman, Mr. Atibon, reluctant hero Daniel Erickson finds himself back on the run with his lady love, Vicki Bean, and hitman friend, Moog Turner. Now the three are racing to track down the killer of a rock and roll superstar. They travel a violent and dangerous road, littered with obsessive FBI agents, vengeful Russian mobsters, brutal cartel assassins, and psychotic biker gangs. But no matter how fast and far Daniel and company run, there’s no escaping the blood they’ve spilled—and an unspeakable evil waiting for them.
"With Rock Island Rock, Eyre Price lets us know that he's here to stay. The Crossroads series is destined for big things... Price weaves his story into the heart of America and her music and tells it like it is. Fast-paced, with a dark sense of humor and characters who remind me of many people I have known, make it unputdownable. Rock Island Rock will knock you out." --Robert Pobi, international best-selling author of Bloodman and Manheim Rex.
So many bright, young music stars lost too soon. Tragic consequences of the pop-rock lifestyle or calculated casualties of a far more sinister plot?
Sent on a mission by the mysterious Mr. Atibon to discover who really killed Jimi Hendrix, Daniel Erickson uncovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest government offices and corporate boardrooms. When devilish music promoter Haden Koschei sets his sights on a new pair of victims, Daniel’s quest gets personal, as he and his hit man friend, Moog, race down the highway to hell to save their loved ones. It’s a long and winding road, beset with maniacal FBI agents, corporate commandos, and crazed Mexican drug lords. Before Daniel can make it to the big finale, he must first face his own destiny. Star Killer Star is a smart, fast-paced thriller that asks: If fame is power, who controls it? And what are they using it for?
"Price handles a keyboard the way Keith Richards handles a black, three pick-up Gibson Les Paul Custom on 'Sympathy For The Devil.'" --Michael Sherer, author of Night Blind
The narrative of my debut novel, BLUES HIGHWAY BLUES, follows a framework of several songs that I wrote specially for the book.
My original intention was to have these songs recorded as a soundtrack to the book and include it in the e-book edition, but there wasn't a lot of support for that idea.
So, I took matters into my own hand.
I conned my dear friend--the incredibly talented singer-songwriter, Tim Miller--into teaming up with me and together we brought my songs to life. Tim's singing and playing are the magical element that allowed those songs to jump off of the page and I'm incredibly proud of the final album.
"As a rewarding bonus, there is a twenty-minute soundtrack, consisting of five songs... Acoustic blues, almost a bit too thoughtful and haunting for a mere novelist...the multimedia accompaniment is an all-round profit." Jochen King, Booknerds
Please, take a listen...
Like most writers, the books I've written have most often come to me as sparks of inspiration, a blank page, and my imagination.
FRANCIS, however, came to me under much different circumstances. A phone call. A project. A job. Nothing more.
And then I began to write...
The more I wrote, the more I realized an unexpected connection with the character. Not the saintly parts, of course, but with the all-too-mortal man who was trying to make sense of a world that often seemed to defy understanding.
The Spanish language version of my novel has already been published in Spain and Latin America by Planeta Grupo as FRANCISCO DE ASIS, SANTOR Y PECADOR.
The American English-language version will be published by Amphorae Publishing Group in September 202o.
Born in Twelfth Century Italy, Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone grew up a headstrong child of privilege, fought ruthlessly as a soldier, was held as a prisoner of war, and eventually emerged on the world-stage as an inspiration to millions around the world. Price traces the spiritual evolution of an ordinary man who strives to realize the extraordinary within himself and brings the legend of St. Francis to life with all of the violence and action, romance and intrigue of its time—and of the tumultuous times in which we find ourselves today.
Blues Highway Blues found a home in a German-language version which was published by Heyne Hardcore/Random House.
Killer Nashville is a literary conference, but far more, too. It is a wonderful community of writers and agents, publishers and book-lovers. I am proud to count myself among their numbers.
So, I was honored to be asked to make a contribution to Killer Nashville's first noir anthology. My submission, "Sad Like A Country Song" is a tale of music, murder, and a dark visitor from my Crossroads Thriller series looking to make a bargain.
In the winter of 1990, I moved to Minneapolis. (Long story.)
At the time, the city was the epicenter of popular music. At one end of the spectrum, Prince was fusing pop, rock, soul, and R&B into a unique sound that dominated the times.
And at the other end, there was, well...The Replacements.
"Darlin' One," my contribution to this noir anthology celebrating that great band's legacy is everything that they were in those days: unpredictable, heavy, and fueled by pure passion.
If you read Amazon reviews of my Crossroads thrillers, you'll find more than a few readers who dislike violence, obscenity, and supernatural themes. It makes me wonder why they chose to read my work in the first place, but at some point in time I must've thought, "You think that's an obscenely violent novel with supernatural themes...hold my beer!"
The result was ONE BAD MOFO...maybe someday it will see the light of day.
I have people ask me all the time when they can expect the next installment in the Crossroads Thriller series.
My standard response is to quote Allen Saunders: "Life is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans."
It's been a busy couple years for me, but Daniel Erickson and Moog and all of the others--including Mr. Atibon--are coming back soon...very soon.