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A Powerful Voice in Crime-Fiction

“A powerful new voice on the crime-fiction scene” (ForeWord Reviews), Corey Lynn Fayman has done hard time as a musician, interactive developer, and theatrical sound designer, but still refuses to apologize for it. His hometown of San Diego, CA provides the backdrop for his mystery series featuring the guitar-slinging private detective Rolly Waters, including the award-winning Border Field Blues and Desert City Diva. The latest in the series, Ballast Point Breakdown, will be published by Konstellation Press in March 2020. Follow him online at or (the podcast).

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Black's Beach Shuffle: A Rolly Waters MysteryBlack's Beach Shuffle: A Rolly Waters Mystery $0.99

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Rolly Waters is a recovering rock musician and part-time private eye. One night his band performs at a blowout party for, a fast-rising Internet startup that has the city of San Diego talking. When Rolly returns after hours to retrieve his guitar from the host's mansion, he finds a dead body floating in the swimming pool. His discovery sets in motion a series of intrigues that drag him into the surreal world of culture, as well as the dark heart of his own uneven past.

Black's Beach Shuffle updates the classic Southern California gumshoe world of Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald with contemporary technology riffs, new millennium anxieties and sun-blotted humor. It pumps out a page-turning mix of plot twists, colorful characters and laugh-out-loud humor as Rolly's investigation ricochets him from the high-tech industrial parks of Torrey Pines Mesa to downtown blues clubs, from street taco shops to the penthouse of the La Jolla Hyatt, from the hallowed halls of academia to the sands of Black's Beach, San Diego's official clothing-optional playground.

Border Field Blues: A Rolly Waters Mystery (Rolly Waters Mysteries Book 2)Border Field Blues: A Rolly Waters Mystery (Rolly Waters Mysteries Book 2) $0.99

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Murder, sex, politics, and classic rock guitar collide in this original and compelling mystery set in the backcountry along the San Diego-Tijuana border, when a violent encounter between a young border-crosser and an angry bandit creates a secret and shocking bond between the boy and the bandit's dumbfounded daughter. But when recovering guitarist and reluctant private detective Rolly Waters arrives at Border Field Park early one morning, he's only there to help his bird-watching friend Max find the vandals who've destroyed a sensitive bird nesting area. Feeling less than optimistic about nabbing the perpetrators, Rolly begins his due diligence, crossing paths with a local border vigilante, a tormented vaquero, and an aging rock groupie. A menacing house call from a scalpel-wielding orderly in pursuit of a prostitute named for an eighties pop hit confounds his case further. And when police detective Bonnie Hammond hands him a coroner's report, he knows it's turned deadly. As their separate cases dovetail into one, Rolly and Bonnie negotiate a prickly partnership, dragged into a dark world of human trafficking and sexual abuse as they uncover tantalizing connections to an old murder case. Bonnie presses ahead with her official investigation, while Rolly turns to his wisecracking network of bohemian friends, trying to connect the red-haired seductress on a banned album cover to a popular video game. As opposing political organizations mobilize for a confrontation in the shadow of the Tijuana's Bullring-By-The-Sea, Rolly races to save a willful young Mexican girl, his only link to the crimes that will test his psyche, his allegiances, and one family's unspeakable past. Amid band gigs, family issues and personal temptation, the guitar-slinging detective rocks on, putting his sleuthing skills, and life, to the test.

"Sparse dialogue and riveting scenes make this mystery impossible to put down. Corey Lynn Fayman delivers a potent dose of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n' roll."
(ForeWord Magazine)

"A rollicking and fast-paced crime novel."
(San Francisco Book Reviews)

"Readers will enjoy the broadly drawn characters and the rough and tumble borderland setting."
(Publishers Weekly)

Desert City Diva: A Rolly Waters MysteryDesert City Diva: A Rolly Waters Mystery $0.99

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Rolly Waters has many reasons to regret going out for Mexican food at 2:30 in the morning. Not least because then he would never have met dance-club DJ Macy Starr – possibly the most infuriating and secretive client he has ever taken on.

Macy Starr wants Rolly to find out what happened to the young woman she knew as Aunt Betty, the woman who rescued her as a child and then disappeared without trace. The only clue she has to go on is a curious one-stringed guitar.

Rolly's investigation leads to a weird world of alien-obsessed cults, a strange desert hideaway known as Slab City – and to a 20-year-old unsolved murder case. But how can he solve the mystery if he can't even trust his own client?

"Fans of wisecracking California crime solvers will enjoy this working-class PI with a poet's soul"

"Offbeat characters and popular musical lore distinguish this decidedly unusual tale." Publishers Weekly

"A weird, but welcome, addition to the pantheon of literary PIs. A delightfully strange spin on the noir genre." Foreword Magazine

Ballast Point Breakdown: A Rolly Waters MysteryBallast Point Breakdown: A Rolly Waters Mystery $0.99

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The fourth novel in the Rolly Waters mystery series.

On a cool winter evening, a speedboat hurtles across San Diego Bay and crashes into the Admiral's Club where a farewell party for the Navy's top-secret Dolphin Divers program is underway. As guests flee the ensuing fire, a woman named Janis Withers crawls from the inferno and screams her last words – Arion has returned!

Guitar-playing private detective Rolly Waters finds himself pulled into the case when he connects Janis to a pair of dog tags left behind by Butch Fleetwood, a member of the Dolphin Divers who disappeared during a training exercise twenty years earlier.

While fending off the FBI and local police, Rolly uncovers tantalizing connections between Fleetwood, a crusading journalist, a celebrity artist, a punk rock singer, a radical animal-rights organization, and the dead woman's own dysfunctional family. As he races against the authorities to uncover Arion's true identity, Rolly's investigation begins to reverberate with his own painful history. His search for the truth leads to him to a ruined casino on a deserted Mexican island where shocking secrets are unleashed in a ruthless showdown between tormented and tormentors.

Nobody lives forever. Or do they? Hop on board. Fasten your seat-belts and say your prayers. Ballast Point Breakdown opens with the wind tearing at your face as you bounce across San Diego Bay in the moonlite, hurtling toward a fiery collision of the past and the present. Guitar playing Private Eye Rolly Waters finds that the truth has a way of floating to the surface and that other things are perhaps best forgotten.
- G.M. Ford, author of the Leo Waterman crime series

After a woman from his rock ‘n' roll past orchestrates a remarkably rococo ending for herself, Rolly Waters is pulled into an investigation that uncovers a secret military program, an astonishing web of lies, and a pod of well-trained dolphins. Ballast Point Breakdown is a terrific read, featuring a cast of wise-cracking characters navigating some very dark waters. This is Fayman firing on all cylinders.

- Bill Fitzhugh, author of Human Resources and Pest Control

Private Eye Roland Waters investigates with the cool, laconic style of the blues guitarist he is. Fayman delivers a twisted tale that starts with a bang and unfurls like a breaker in the San Diego surf.
- Matt Goldman NYT Bestselling Author and Shamus Award Nominee

As a San Diego author and some-time musician, BALLAST POINT BREAKDOWN spoke to me on so many levels — the unique San Diego settings, the dolphins (!!) and of course, the musician jokes (How many guitarists DOES it take to screw in a lightbulb, anyway?). But you don't have to be a San Diego musician to enjoy this twisty mystery — just someone who enjoys a truly original story and a protagonist unlike any other in crime fiction.
- Lisa Brackmann, author of ROCK PAPER TIGER and BLACK SWAN RISING.

"Dolphins, a dead environmental activist, a defense contractor, and a shadowy harmonica player are all pieces to an exciting, twisty mystery jigsaw puzzle in Corey Lynn Fayman's BALLAST POINT BREAKDOWN. Musician turned private eye Rolly Waters isn't your average gumshoe. In Fayman's skilled hands Waters is clever, funny and intrepid. But he's much more, a scarred hero who carries the guilt from a decades old tragedy that makes him a real, fleshed-out character who you root and fear for as he follows clues no matter how dark an alley they lead him down. Bravo, Mr. Fayman!"
- Matt Coyle, author of the award-winning Rick Cahill crime series