Murder on Music Row: A Music Industry Thriller, by debut novelist Stuart Dill, has received a 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award gold medal in the mystery/cozy/noir category. Conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, the “IPPY” awards recognize excellence in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who “take chances and break new ground,” bringing increased recognition to independent, university, and self-published titles each year.
Stuart will receive his award next week during the annual BookExpo America publishing convention in New York. Congrats, Stuart!
In Murder on Music Row, Judd Nix, a 23-year-old unpaid intern at Elite Management, welcomes the chance to become the paid assistant of Simon Stills, one of country’s biggest managers, but he soon finds himself a witness to an assassination attempt. When a gunman takes aim at megastar Ripley Graham, Stills’s most important client and the last hope for the troubled recording industry, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, the shooter misses and seriously wounds Stills instead. Nix and his co-worker, Megan Olsen, decide to investigate on their own, but with music executives plotting a major merger, they can’t be sure whom to trust. Murder on Music Row leads readers through a maze of twists and turns that connect Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, and London in a behind-the-scenes look at an industry where there are no limits in the pursuit of money, power, and fame.
Stuart Dill, a 26-year veteran of Nashville’s country-music scene as a personal manager. His management credits include Minnie Pearl, Dwight Yoakam, Freddy Fender, Michael Martin Murphey, The Wreckers, Jo Dee Messina, Point of Grace, Laura Bell Bundy, and Billy Ray Cyrus among others. Stuart is a longtime member of Leadership Music and is a member of the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. He lives in Brentwood, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. Murder on Music Row, which received his first IPPY Award, is his first novel.
The IPPY Awards are presented by IndependentPublisher.com, “THE Voice of Independent Publishing” operated by publishing services firm Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan. This year’s IPPY competition attracted 5,200 entries, and the 372 medalists represent 44 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, seven Canadian provinces, and ten countries overseas. Launched in 1996 as the first unaffiliated awards program open exclusively to independent, university, and self-published titles, the IPPY Awards contest rewards winners in 74 national, 22 regional, and five e-book categories with gold, silver and bronze medallions and foil seals for their book covers.