Friday 3 July 2020



In this follow up to That'll Be The Day: A Power Pop Heist, the Sharp brothers head to Los Angeles for a recording session at a legendary studio. Bullets fly when they steal a famous guitar from a Hollywood music store, crossing paths with a violent gang of rock & roll memorabilia collectors. The brothers soon find themselves racing across the country to protect their family and save their own skin.

Praise for "Good Girls Don't: A Second Power Pop Heist"

"Lauden sets this crime thriller series to a brilliant soundtrack featuring music royalty. The Beatles and The Who. Lauden reminds you of the songs and lets the tempo take you for a ride. Dwight Twilley, Mathew Sweet, and Raspberries. Each story moves forward like a song. Spanning Austin, Memphis, Hollywood, and back, these books take the reader on a feverishly fun ride through rock & roll history." — Marietta Miles, "May" and "Route 12"

Good Girls Don't is the second in Steve Lauden's Power Pop Heist series after That'll Be the Day which was enjoyed last year.

Short, sharp, fun and a chance to catch up with the Sharp family. The 80s has-been pop-stars are still reluctantly back on the comeback trail and still in hock to mega-pop memorabilia collector and financier Russell Patterson.

An album to record, a road trip and some more pop collectibles to be stolen to order, only this time around there's some ruthless competition to complicate matters.

Plenty of action, plenty of conflict, lots of family loyalty and love, with injury and death a companion all set against a back drop of pop tunes and groups from the 80s and a dissection of where they stand in the pantheon of pop music's hall of fame....... The Knack, The Boomtown Rats, Blondie, The Beatles, Holly and the Italians and a whole lot more mentioned besides. Most were very familiar and induced feelings of nostalgia and a warm fuzzy glow of when I was young and more carefree and life seemed to be less complicated, all pretty much long forgotten and some I don't think I heard of in the first place.

Best book ever? No but one I really liked and a great couple of hour's reading. Roll on book three whenever that might be.

4 from 5

Read - June, 2020
Published - 2020
Page count - 80
Source - review copy received from author
Format - PDF read on laptop


  1. Oh, I do like the music theme here, Col! And the whole world of guitars, memorabilia and so on has really got my attention. I think this is one of those times when your taste and mine meet.

    1. I look forward to seeing what you think Margot!

  2. What Margot said! And do I now understand what Power Pop is?

  3. Col – Thanks for the heads up. I am going to get this book and his previous one, too.

    1. Elgin, I hope you enjoy them - short, sharp and great fun.