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"Follow the money" to the heart of the Mystery,
This review is from: Something Wild (Paperback)
Pop music has always had an ambiguous relationship with money. Ever since Elvis music has been regarded as seductive and threatening to the established order - but also as a high road to fame, riches, and the adoration of the opposite sex. In the popular media the pop music business, precisely because it IS popular, enjoys or suffers a degree of exposure that few other industries get. The British tabloid press is more associated with sex than securitisation. What or who could possibly get a bond issue into the headlines? The answer is David Bowie. By some his bond deal in the late 1990's was regarded as a form of "selling out" - as if icons of his calibre had never been interested in money before! By others the deal was regarded as giving banking a bit of rock and roll glamour. Both viewpoints were somewhat superficial. If you dig deeper there is a much more interesting and enlightening story, as this novel reveals.
Something Wild is mystery set in the music business. The plot hinges on the attempt to set up a "Bowie bond" deal and Linda Davies succeeds in plotting a path through the maze so that the people who would not normally touch the financial pages of a newspaper can appreciate what is involved and the complexities of securing such a deal serve to build up the tension of the plot. The central figures of the story are a charismatic rock star - who comes across as a composite of Bruce Springsteen, John Denver and Robert Redford - an a beautiful banker, Sarah Jensen who will be familiar to readers of Linda Davies's first novel, Nest of Vipers. During the Watergate scandal in America which brought down President Nixon in 1974, the informant known as "Deep Throat" told investigative reporters to "follow the money" to get to the bottom of the mystery. This is what Something Wild does. By following a fictional Bowie bond deal it sheds new light on the world of rock music.