You Say Goodbye

The story follows Sean as he struggles with the reality that he finds himself in. The author gives the reader a hint of who the killer might be from the beginning of the story.
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After a temperamental meltdown on stage, Sean Hightower, a regretful and resentful “one-hit wonder” rock musician hoping for a comeback, returns to his girlfriend’s condo seeking comfort from the woman he loves. But after letting himself in, he discovers her naked body on the bed, murdered from a bullet to the head. When the police detective arrives and sees the two taped pieces of paper on the wall with the word, “hello,” on one and “goodbye,” on the other, he realizes that the renowned serial killer, The Beatles Song Murderer, has struck again. In the days that follow, he reaches another conclusion—the Beatles Song Murderer is probably somebody Sean knows. Now the detective needs Sean’s help to find the killer.
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Meeting Keith Steinbaum through his first novel, The Poe Consequence, (which, by the way, will be re-released this year) had been quite an experience, so I was pleased to see a new novel from this author. You Say Goodbye, as his earlier title reflects, immediately pushes another experience into your mind. In this case, The Beatles, singing, You Say Goodbye! I thoroughly enjoy books that include references to songs, and this one didn't disappoint... Good Music... Good Suspenseful Mystery... Hello, Goodbye, had been the pages left at this latest murder, but there had been 7 other murders before that--each leaving the name of a Beatles Song, which obviously led to the murderer being called The Beatles' Song Murderer... The latest to be killed was Merissa, lover of Sean Hightower, a once-famous musician, who, now much older, was discouraged that he seemed no longer to be able to write songs after his one-time big hit "Looking Glass." Although it was unusual to have investigators asking for help from a civilian, given that the serial killer had now 8 murders to his name, and what had been turned up so far, the FBI felt that the murderer might have known his latest victim, and thus, they were hoping that Sean would also know him... Obviously Sean was "in..." wanting to find who had taken the one important person in his life... The interaction of the investigation was intriguing and, ultimately, a tough whodunit to solve. I thought the one clue that came up front was going to provide me a solution...but that sure didn't help up to the climax... On the other hand, what happened between the murder and the climax of that mystery was so completely different and memorable, that the fantastic mystery became secondary! And it was all because of what happened to Sean Hightower... Steinbaum talks a little on his blog about his need to write about the weightier side of our lives. I would have been happy reading a good mystery, and moving on to another story, if it wasn't for the second component of You Say Goodbye. Sean Hightower had grown to be a bitter man, especially after Merissa was murdered. He was short-tempered and was told not to come back to the bar where he sang until he was better... But how was that supposed to happen? He was the black sheep of the family. And all Sean had left in his life was one hit song forgotten years ago and a band that nobody even remembered... The difference between Steinbaum's two novels is almost night and day, yet each provides readers with a depth of complexity that is beyond the norm and originality. Related to the murders, I wanted to know more about the other who had died before Merissa. Yet moving on to meeting Kayleigh. a neighbor. was so much more satisfying. I recommend that you don't miss this one...for many reasons... GABixlerReviews

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Keith Steinbaum (Author)

“Many of us are driven to write through experiences born from pain, generating a need to uniquely express our own inner turmoil. Light-hearted inspiration is certainly an enviable reason to tap into one’s creative juices, but those feelings don’t stimulate the kinds of thoughts that lodge within me and grow in complexity. I can pinpoint a tragic, life-changing event occurring in my mid-teens that transformed me into a writer, and it seems that the weightier side of life continues to be my motivation.” -Keith Steinbaum From years of writing poetry, to a decade as a scratching-of-the-surface professional song lyricist, I eventually branched out towards a desire to write a novel, culminating in the completion of my first book, “The Poe Consequence.” Here’s the premise of the story: After the death of an innocent bystander in a drive-by shooting, the two gangs responsible for his murder soon face an Edgar Allan Poe inspired vow of revenge from beyond the grave. THE POE CONSEQUENCE: BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD FINALIST Winner of’s Book of the Year in the Supernatural Thriller genre, “The Poe Consequence” was also recognized as one of the top Indy books of the year by Kirkus Reviews as well as receiving a Finalist placing in Book Excellence Awards International Competition for 2017. The novel has now been signed with Black Opal Books for a re-release scheduled for March, 2020. It’s currently available as an audiobook through and YOU SAY GOODBYE: BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALIST TOP REVIEW RANKING FROM READERS FAVORITE TOP REVIEW RANKING FROM ONLINEBOOKCLUB.ORG My second novel, a Beatles-themed whodunit murder mystery entitled “You Say Goodbye,” was released on February 23rd, 2019 through Black Opal Books. As with The Poe Consequence, You Say Goodbye received a Finalist placing in the Book Excellence Awards International Competition – this time for 2019. The story centers around a ‘one-hit wonder’ ex-rock ‘n roll star and a little girl fighting cancer who is a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. And, through it all, the search for a renowned serial killer. Here’s the premise of the story: The murder of an ex-rock star’s girlfriend leads a detective to conclude that the perpetrator is not only a renowned serial killer, but probably somebody the singer knows.

The story follows Sean as he struggles with the reality that he finds himself in. The author gives the reader a hint of who the killer might be from the beginning of the story.

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