Dead Man’s Blues by Ray Celestin


Grace’s Bookshelf of Dreams:

“This is part of the City Blues Quartet. It is exquisite historical crime fiction, Pinkertons detectives fend off serial killers against a backdrop of jazz, prohibition and gangsters. Each book is accompanied in a new season, city, and jazz style, but it keeps it’s main characters through out. Collectable, and so far Dead Man’s Blues (no.2) is a complete favourite of mine!”

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*Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of 2017*

Dead Man’s Blues is the gripping historical crime novel from Ray Celestin, following on from the events of his debut The Axeman’s Jazz, winner of the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Best First Novel 2014.

Chicago, 1928. In the stifling summer heat three disturbing events take place. A clique of city leaders is poisoned in a fancy hotel. A gangster is found mutilated in an alleyway in the Blackbelt. And a famous heiress vanishes without a trace.

Pinkerton detectives Michael Talbot and Ida Davis are hired to find the missing heiress by the girl’s troubled mother. But it proves harder than expected to find a face that is known across the city, and Ida must elicit the help of her friend Louis Armstrong.

While the police take little interest in the Blackbelt murder, crime scene photographer Jacob Russo can’t get the dead man’s image out of his head, and so he embarks on his own investigation.

And Dante Sanfelippo – rum-runner and fixer – is back in Chicago on the orders of Al Capone, who suspects there’s a traitor in the ranks and wants Dante to investigate. But Dante is struggling with problems of his own as he is forced to return to the city he thought he’d never see again . . .

As the three parties edge closer to the truth, their paths cross and their lives are threatened. But will any of them find the answers they need in the capital of blues, booze and corruption?

Additional information

Weight 358 g
Dimensions 197 × 130 × 30 mm
Attribute Value 1


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