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A tropical storm isn’t the only thing brewing in the New Orleans’ French Quarter in 1956.

When someone threatens Reverend Fountain’s singer friend Genny Duval, asking her to pay money for a song she recently recorded, and the woman who brokered the deal can’t be found, Fountain can’t help but investigate. Is it a Payola scheme gone awry? A song on the radio, a note handed to Miss Genny on stage, a DeSoto FireFlite in a garage, and the murder of a DJ in Biloxi, Mississippi puts his sleuthing skills to the test. But when a young woman is murdered, with Detective Robicheaux assigned to the case, Fountain fears that if they don’t crack the case in time, Miss Genny might be next.


“Gary L. Kreigh’s Payola is set in New Orleans of the 1950s during the time of the payola scandal when radio stations were paid bribes to play certain songs, completely distorting the music industry and exploiting artists horribly. Kreigh does a masterful job of evoking the mood and color of the era and has populated his story with a superb cast of characters. “Payola has everything a reader expects in a good mystery; bodies dropping and too many suspects to focus on; red herrings aplenty; and a protagonist who has a lot to lose if he fails to solve the crime—in this case, his own life. Without hesitation or reservation, I give it a solid five stars.” Charles Ray, Author.

“Author Kreigh weaves an intricate plot while adeptly depicting his protagonist’s inquisitiveness and altruistic nature. He also doesn’t skimp on supporting character development for the reverend’s friends or foes, such as the twisted sisters unconcerned about who gets hurt as long as they get theirs, the vengeful victims of the scams, an overworked policeman trying to make sense of it all, and an unsuspecting businessman trying to help but actually making things worse. Kreigh even manages to include a voracious tropical storm that equals the tempest swirling around his cast. This author has chosen to keep his tale engaging without the need for lurid re-enactments of brutality or omnipresent profanity so often found in today’s thrillers. In short, one can view Kreigh’s novel as an involving, family-friendly mystery.” – book review by Joe Kilgore, US Review.

“As a seasoned writer myself it’s always fun to find an author who hits that zone where they realize that the book is writing itself and they are typing as fast as the characters, conversations, and descriptions that make Payola seem like a work of nonfiction. Yes, you will enjoy this book.” Don McAllister , Author, Angel and the Ivory Tower.