5.0 out of 5 stars
Fast-paced and unique, you don't want to wait to see how it ends!
Two separate worlds of a P.I. and rockstar come together in a very
entertaining and suspenseful way with just the right dash of humor. The
characters come to life in their responses and actions as the mystery
unfolds. The story drew me in and kept my attention throughout. There
are no slow spots or wasted dialogue to slow the story down. Another
must read in the Phil Allman series!
~ Jennifer Givner
once in a while, Brett Wallace threatens to quit writing his Phil
Allman detective mysteries. If he ever does, he'll be seeing a
psychiatrist soon. Because the voices in his head are going to drive
him crazy. They're that good and that irresistible, and in FREEZEOUT,
they're back! Once again, the plot is wild, the
musicology is first-rate, and the dialogue between Wallace's characters
is so relentlessly grab-at-you that you wonder what this guy could do
if he ever decides to write sit-coms for a living.
Detective Brett Wallach is at it again in FREEZE OUT, entangled
with an old idol of his, Felix Brigata, whom it appears he has
kidnapped and is keeping prisoner. This is what happens when Brett’s
hero calls him for help against threats he’s been receiving. Then,
suddenly, on one visit to his prisoner, the detective finds the prison
empty. The search is on.
With a list of the rock star’s known enemies, Detective
Wallach undertakes to rescue the man he’d kidnapped. Considering the
enemies list, the PI selects the one most likely and works from there.
The villain in the story will come as a surprise. The story is written
in a straightforward manner and easy-to-read language, making for a
pleasant way to pass the time.
There’s lots of references to the rock stars of bygone days,
something that will please fans of tales of rock ‘n’ rollers, while
introducing new readers to a slice of life from the past. If one
follows this type of music, one will learn how it has changed.
The characters are interesting and realistic, giving the
reader a look into how age affects our heroes of the “olden” days. This
is a story I’m pleased to recommend to any mystery fan who likes a
touch of reality and history from the recent past. It is a story anyone
~ Annie K. Edwards
somewhere that most people have one book in them, but almost none have
Wallach has now delivered on four in the P.I. Phil Allman series.
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
introspective look at his own cynicism, a teenage girlfriend (see Young
and his ongoing love for influential artists.
the book opens with Allman kidnapping his favorite
musician, the fictional Felix Brigati, I wondered how he could manage
himself out of the mess. Rarely following the cliché storyline of good
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
I eventually became so immersed in Phil Allman’s world that I had to go
the beginning to make sure Felix Brigati wasn’t a real person. Well
Wallach, and I can’t wait for more!
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 wackiest 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.
~ George Crowder
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
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
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
the interest of full disclosure, I received a free copy of this book **
~ Armen Pogharian, Author
I have to say, this author’s style of writing had me laughing. Laughing
in a good way. The subtle and sometimes not so subtle jokes, names,
descriptions about a person, or thing in FREEZE OUT were very funny.
This guy has got humour rolled onto paper in such a way that it is
This is my first time reading a Phil Allman mystery series. So
jumping in on this one as my first choice, paid off. I thoroughly
enjoyed this with the clever witty and humorous style that the author
places on the story.
I liked how there was not one, but two mystery cases within
this book, giving me, and you, the reader, double enjoyment.
Unexpected, and I liked that. I’ll be picking up more books from this
author as his style of writing, his genius way of which he tells the
story, has me hooked.
characters are built realistically, giving depth to the story. Even the
surroundings and locations were all well described. I’m new to reading
mystery, not usually my genre of choice, however on this occasion I
could easily and very readily happily add ‘mystery’ into my genres of
Highly recommend to fans of mystery.
~ Zane Summerfield