New Jersey Author Releases Rock Music-Themed Murder Mystery: “A Fateful Reunion”

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Allen Foster, a North Jersey-based college professor and classic rock and roll enthusiast/musician, has launched his debut novel, “A Fateful Reunion”, which traces the lives of five supremely talented musicians who get an unexpected chance to recapture the long-lost glory of their chart-topping heyday, but soon encounter the same pitfalls that destroyed their world-famous band years ago, this time with tragic results.

...a story of rock superstardom, addiction, and murder...

Allen Foster's new book “A Fateful Reunion” can be described as a rock and roll murder mystery, centering on fictional superstar rock group called The Upper Hand, but also weaving real classic rock history and background into its narrative. Dramatic and suspenseful in overall tone, “A Fateful Reunion” also contains a healthy dose of humor.

As the novel opens, legendary rock band The Upper Hand hasn’t played together in fourteen years, and it seems certain that they never will again. The quintet disbanded in 1990 in the wake of the shocking, heroin-induced abandonment of the group by their famed guitarist Jeff Britton, who staggered offstage in the middle of a concert and disappeared for months.

When Jeff’s old bandmates miraculously orchestrate an end to the long, bitter estrangement between Jeff and his childhood friend and fellow superstar guitarist Mark Donahue, the path seems clear for a triumphant return to glory for The Upper Hand. When the beautiful but troublesome Denise Blake, the woman blamed for Jeff’s heroin addiction and the resulting demise of the band, suddenly reappears in Jeff’s life, he is soon drawn back into the self-destructive lifestyle that left him, and the band, in ruins long ago. Jeff’s reconnection with Denise infuriates his bandmates, and leads to confrontation, violent clashes…and murder. As detectives scramble to identify the killer or killers, stunning secrets are uncovered about the victim which only broaden the list of possible suspects.


Much like the main characters in this novel, author Allen Foster was profoundly influenced by the historic visit by the Beatles to the United States in February 1964 and the rock and roll “British Invasion” that followed. His lifelong love and knowledge of what we now call classic rock music provide the primary backdrop for “A Fateful Reunion”.

Allen resides in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey with his wife Roberta. He works as a college professor and performs on guitar and vocals in a variety of musical duos and groups.

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