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Twenty-three-year-old Judd Nix, an unpaid intern at the most prestigious personal management firm in country music, gets the opportunity of a lifetime when his boss and mentor, Simon Stills, offers him a temporary position - an opportunity that may just cost Judd his life.
In a landscape where record companies are under siege, stuck in the old order of physical CDs and antiquated technologies, Simon's young, electrifying star, Ripley Graham, has emerged as the best-selling digital artist in music history. Meanwhile, Ripley's label, Galaxy Records, is preparing a secret merger agreement that would create the largest record conglomerate in the world. Trouble arises when rumors spread that Ripley and Simon are withholding Ripley's new album in hopes of renegotiating his contract.
When Simon and Judd are shot on the famed Grand Ole Opry stage during the filming of Ripley's new music video, no one is more upset than Ripley - especially as everyone assumes the shots were meant for him. While Simon's life hangs in the balance, Judd seeks help from Megan Olsen, Simon's right hand and Ripley's day-to-day manager. The two set off on a high-powered chase to disclose the real motive behind the shooting and spare Ripley from a second murder attempt.
Not unlike John Grisham's legal thrillers and Michael Crichton's science-based thrillers, Stuart Dill's music industry thriller can now be added to the literary lexicon. 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.