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Dead Man's Blues
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Chicago, 1928. In the stifling summer heat, three disturbing events take place: A clique of city leaders is poisoned in a fancy hotel; a white 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 soon 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, Jacob Russo—crime scene photographer—can't get the dead man's image out of his head, leading him to embark 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 his own problems, as he is forced to return to the city he thought he'd never see again . . .

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      • content: In this engrossing follow-up to the award-winning The Axeman, a crime scene photographer, a gangster with a dark secret, and two Pinkerton detectives are bound together by a series of crimes that play out in 1928 Chicago.
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      • content: Gripping. Rich description and meticulous attention to historical detail.
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        Dead Man's Blues is a magnificent crime novel, at least as good as his stunning debut. His portrait of an edgy, sexy, corrupt, dangerous, deeply racially prejudiced city, where savage violence cohabited with exciting music, is totally absorbing.

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      • content: Where better to set a gangster novel than big, bad, brawling Chicago during Prohibition? Celestin perfectly captures the jazzy street rhythms of this proudly pugnacious city and its peculiar characters.
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      • content: Prohibition Chicago, early jazz, Capone and Moran—all are familiar elements in crime fiction, but Celestin gives them a fresh dusting, and what emerges sparkles with energy. His evocation of the jazz-filled South Side is particularly sharp, and his lead characters, Davis and Talbot, establish an easy, swinging rapport that will make readers want to hear more from them.
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        Set largely in 1928 Chicago in the months leading up to the landmark championship heavyweight boxing match between Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey (moved forward from 1927 for dramatic purposes), British author Celestin’s gripping sequel to 2015’s The Axeman chronicles the evolution of jazz and organized crime in early-20th-century America. The narrative can be unwieldy at times with its intricately intertwined story lines (two Pinkerton detectives seek a missing heiress, a crime scene photographer investigates a gruesome murder, and Al Capone brings a heroin-addicted fixer back to Chicago to find the rat in his organization), but the rich description and meticulous attention to historical detail more than compensate. Louis Armstrong’s journey to Chicago and his role in revolutionizing jazz is a highlight. Celestin’s portrayal of the Prohibition-era city—from the widespread political corruption to the rampant racism—gives the story a sobering foundation. Readers will look forward to the third installment (of a projected four), which, Celestin promises in an afterword, will be set in 1940s New York.

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        In this engrossing follow-up to the award-winning The Axeman, a crime scene photographer, a gangster with a dark secret, and two Pinkerton detectives are bound together by a series of crimes that play out in 1928 Chicago.--ACT

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Set to the pulsing beat of that still relatively new musical phenomenon called jazz, the second in Celestin's historical mystery series (following The Axeman, 2015) moves from 1919 New Orleans to 1928 Chicago ( Jazz was born in New Orleans and grew up in Chicago, thinks Louis Armstrong, a supporting character in the series). African American Pinkerton agent Ida Davis, a friend of Armstrong's, has moved north, too, and is now working with former New Orleans cop Michael Talbot. Their current case has them hunting a missing heiress known to frequent the jazz clubs in theBronzeville neighborhood. Meanwhile, rum-runner Dante Sanfelippo has been summoned back to Chicago by Al Capone, who wants him to find the traitor who may be helping rival gangster Bugs Moran attempt a coup. Prohibition Chicago, early jazz, Capone and Moranall are familiar elements in crime fiction, but Celestin gives them a fresh dusting, and what emerges sparkles with energy. His evocation of the jazz-filled South Side is particularly sharp, and his lead characters, Davis and Talbot, establish an easy, swinging rapport that will make readers want to hear more from them.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

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