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Freeze Out (Phil Allman P.I. Novels Book 4)

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Felix Brigati, New Jersey rock legend, has been getting threatening, anonymous texts. He hires an old acquaintance, Phil Allman, a private investigator, to safeguard him, not trusting those already in his camp, due to the personal nature of the messages. Instead of protection, the desolate Allman holds his hero captive in the fortified basement of his deceased uncle’s sec Felix Brigati, New Jersey rock legend, has been getting threatening, anonymous texts. He hires an old acquaintance, Phil Allman, a private investigator, to safeguard him, not trusting those already in his camp, due to the personal nature of the messages. Instead of protection, the desolate Allman holds his hero captive in the fortified basement of his deceased uncle’s secluded house in rural Pennsylvania, while they try to determine who is harassing Felix. Upon returning from an errand, Allman finds Brigati gone. Did Brigati somehow escape? Was he abducted by his stalker? If not, by whom? It is crucial that Phil finds Felix before he gets arrested for his own kidnapping, or real harm comes to the music superstar. Suspenseful, insightful, and surprisingly funny, Freeze Out is a noir elegy on middle-aged loneliness and the duality of fame.


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Felix Brigati, New Jersey rock legend, has been getting threatening, anonymous texts. He hires an old acquaintance, Phil Allman, a private investigator, to safeguard him, not trusting those already in his camp, due to the personal nature of the messages. Instead of protection, the desolate Allman holds his hero captive in the fortified basement of his deceased uncle’s sec Felix Brigati, New Jersey rock legend, has been getting threatening, anonymous texts. He hires an old acquaintance, Phil Allman, a private investigator, to safeguard him, not trusting those already in his camp, due to the personal nature of the messages. Instead of protection, the desolate Allman holds his hero captive in the fortified basement of his deceased uncle’s secluded house in rural Pennsylvania, while they try to determine who is harassing Felix. Upon returning from an errand, Allman finds Brigati gone. Did Brigati somehow escape? Was he abducted by his stalker? If not, by whom? It is crucial that Phil finds Felix before he gets arrested for his own kidnapping, or real harm comes to the music superstar. Suspenseful, insightful, and surprisingly funny, Freeze Out is a noir elegy on middle-aged loneliness and the duality of fame.

8 review for Freeze Out (Phil Allman P.I. Novels Book 4)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Jacobs

    Another great tale about the cynical detective Phil. This time he kidnaps a Rock Star but then said Star goes missing. Phil has really gotten himself tangled up in a mess. He must find the Star - hopefully not dead - without anyone knowing that he kidnapped him initially. As always the author does a bang up job of giving us unexpected twists with a dry humor that I love. Set in modern day but reminiscent of the film Noir gumshoe, follow Phil and you won't be disappointed. Another great tale about the cynical detective Phil. This time he kidnaps a Rock Star but then said Star goes missing. Phil has really gotten himself tangled up in a mess. He must find the Star - hopefully not dead - without anyone knowing that he kidnapped him initially. As always the author does a bang up job of giving us unexpected twists with a dry humor that I love. Set in modern day but reminiscent of the film Noir gumshoe, follow Phil and you won't be disappointed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee

    This was an amazing book! Incredibly written and it definitely keeps you guessing. The ending is a complete twist. Definitely worth it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sean Bloomfield

    I heard somewhere that most people have one book in them, but almost none have two. Wallach has now delivered on four in the P.I. Phil Allman series. Having only read the first and fourth installments, I find myself craving the middle two! A lot has happened in Allman’s development since Jesse Garon, including a more introspective look at his own cynicism, a teenage girlfriend (see Young Blood), and his ongoing love for influential artists. As the book opens with Allman kidnapping his favorite mu I heard somewhere that most people have one book in them, but almost none have two. Wallach has now delivered on four in the P.I. Phil Allman series. Having only read the first and fourth installments, I find myself craving the middle two! A lot has happened in Allman’s development since Jesse Garon, including a more introspective look at his own cynicism, a teenage girlfriend (see Young Blood), and his ongoing love for influential artists. As the book opens with Allman kidnapping his favorite musician, the fictional Felix Brigati, I wondered how he could manage to dig himself out of the mess. Rarely following the cliché storyline of good vs. bad, rising action to climax and then falling action, or even the feeling of cheering on the main character, Freeze Out instead follows a path of real life. I eventually became so immersed in Phil Allman’s world that I had to go back to the beginning to make sure Felix Brigati wasn’t a real person. Well done by Wallach, and I can’t wait for more!

  4. 5 out of 5

    George Crowder

    Phil Allman will never be mistaken for Phil Marlowe, but he's a lot more fun. His life's plenty messy, featuring two semi-grown daughters with fully developed attitudes; a teenaged ex-wife who disturbs, distracts, and frequently disrobes; an electronics specialist who is the whackiest sidekick since Kato. Then there's Phil's own contribution to the gumbo, which makes it a super spicy dish. What could possess Phil to kidnap his client, the world's biggest rockstar? You'll find that out as you foll Phil Allman will never be mistaken for Phil Marlowe, but he's a lot more fun. His life's plenty messy, featuring two semi-grown daughters with fully developed attitudes; a teenaged ex-wife who disturbs, distracts, and frequently disrobes; an electronics specialist who is the whackiest sidekick since Kato. Then there's Phil's own contribution to the gumbo, which makes it a super spicy dish. What could possess Phil to kidnap his client, the world's biggest rockstar? You'll find that out as you follow Phil through the contortions of this delightful mystery. Probably my favorite element was the author's deft touch with dialogue, particularly Phil's exchanges with the rockstar, who was as likable as an egomaniac can be. Another appealing touch was the abundant references to classic rock lyrics. If there are any you fail to identify, Mr. Wallach will clue you in. It's a fast enjoyable read, and when you finish it, there are three more where that came from. Keep 'em comin'!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brett Wallach

  6. 5 out of 5

    Armen Pogharian

    Brett Wallach’s Freeze Out is the fourth book in the Phil Allman mystery series. I must confess to not having read the first three books. However, thanks to Wallach’s skillful writing I had no trouble following the story. Phil Allman is a middle-aged, twice divorced, ex-cop who ekes out a living as a private investigator. His typical cases involve tracking cheating spouses through the rough and tumble side of Philadelphia. Not surprisingly, Phil has a rather cynical take on the world and his pla Brett Wallach’s Freeze Out is the fourth book in the Phil Allman mystery series. I must confess to not having read the first three books. However, thanks to Wallach’s skillful writing I had no trouble following the story. Phil Allman is a middle-aged, twice divorced, ex-cop who ekes out a living as a private investigator. His typical cases involve tracking cheating spouses through the rough and tumble side of Philadelphia. Not surprisingly, Phil has a rather cynical take on the world and his place in it. The one exception to his hard-nosed views is his love of classic rock & roll. He especially loves the working-class anthems of his teenage hero Felix Brigati. Told in a first-person narrative style Freeze Out recalls the early grittier novels of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. The tale begins with Allman holding Brigati hostage in a remote Pennsylvania cabin. Brigati, who’s a stand-in for Wallach’s own favorite Bruce Springsteen, amiably discusses the roots of rock & roll with his captor. The conversation kindles something in Allman. He resolves to earn Brigati’s trust by solving the star’s problem with a troubling stalker. Unfortunately Brigati disappears. To save his hero and his own skin, Allman must find Brigati before the police do. To do so he enters the seedier side of the music business. Unraveling the mystery requires Allman to navigate a labyrinth of greed, jealousy, infidelity, and murder. Wallach adds to the story by filling the narrative and dialog with clever references to classic rock bands and lyrics. While nothing in Freeze Out will not shock teens, the book is aimed at adults. True to the setting Wallach peppers the dialog with spicy language, primarily f-bombs and sexual references. It contains violence and sex, but the skilled Wallach treats both judiciously. He describes each just enough to ignite the reader’s imagination. There’s no illicit drug use. The scenes with drinking are well within social norms. The book includes a suicide and some internal dialog about killing yourself. In all cases Wallach tastefully handles the subject matter within the scope of the story. As a Hollywood movie Freeze Out would earn an R rating. I highly recommend this well told tale to anyone who enjoys PI novels or has an interest in classic rock & roll. **In the interest of full disclosure, I received a free copy of this book **

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Robinson

  8. 4 out of 5

    sherri cohen

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