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    Ray Celestin(Author)

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Chicago, 1928: In the stifling summer heat three disturbing events take place: a clique of city leaders is poisoned, a white gangster is found mutilated and a famous heiress vanishes without a trace. Detectives Michael Talbot and Ida Davis are hired to find the missing heiress, but it proves harder than expected and so, Ida must elicit the help of her friend Louis Armstrong. But will any of them find the answers they need in the capital of jazz, booze and corruption?

A magnificent crime novel, at least as good as his stunning 2014 debut . . . His portrait of an edgy, sexy, corrupt, dangerous, deeply racially prejudiced city, where savage violence cohabited with exciting music, is totally absorbing (Marcel Berlins The Times)Celestin certainly doesn't short-change us on plot as his book centres on investigations into the disappearance of a celebrity heiress, the brutal murder (complete with gouged-out eyes) of a gangster and an attempt to poison a group of pro-Capone city dignitaries. But he also packs in enough details about the people, buildings, musicians and criminals of Prohibition-era Chicago to fill a fair-sized history book. He writes so vividly that at times I was convinced I could see 1920s Chicago in front of me and, even more impressively, he writes so well about music that I could virtually hear it. His first book was one of the best crime novels of its year and this sequel is even better. VERDICT: 5/5 (Daily Express)This is the sequel to the prizewinning The Axeman's Jazz . . . Under the constant threat of bloodshed, the three stories gradually weave together into an intriguing portrait of a time and a place . . . the historical detail is captivating . . . The young Louis Armstrong turns up, and his powerful, searching, explosive jazz pulses through the pages, a soundtrack to Ida's increasingly dangerous investigation (Spectator)Celestin's promise of two further instalments of this lively, jazz-based series can only be cause for celebration (Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Book details

  • PDF | 12 pages
  • Ray Celestin(Author)
  • Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook 12 Cds edition (11 Aug. 2016)
  • English
  • 3
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

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  • By Kelly Dewis on 17 June 2017

    Having enjoyed the axe mans jazz I had high hopes for this follow up. I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. We find ourselves in Chicago this time with Michael and Ida working for the Pinkertons. They are approached by the mother of a missing socialite and tasked with finding out what happened to the missing girl. We also have a plot to distabilise al Capone who has just bee diagnosed with syphillis. It is an exciting read and kept me gripped late into the night. Looking forward to more instalments of the series and hope they are the same standard.

  • By GSM on 4 September 2017

    Excellent on so many levels - a crime, interesting and varied characters, music, the description of 1928 Chicago, etc. etc. Even better than The Axeman's Jazz which is high praise as that was one of the best crime thrillers I have read in recent years.

  • By Katz Coventry on 19 August 2017

    This is the best book I have read so far this year. Well written, fabulous characters, who you grow to love, and a great story line.I highly recommend this book.

  • By K. M. Garvey on 13 September 2017

    You know you are enjoying a book when it seems absolutely impossible to put down until you have reached the end. Well plotted, developed characters and a tangible sense of time and place, this book is one of the best thrillers I have read in years. The Louis Armstrong connection is not central to the narrative but an interesting element, as we follow the progress of the two protagonists, Ida and Michael.

  • By PJ on 8 July 2017

    Really enjoyed this book because it has a great plot and characters. The pace is just right maintaining interest to the end.

  • By Milly Molly on 11 January 2017

    Bought as a present for my husband.He was very pleased.Quick delivery thank you.

  • By David Scorer on 29 August 2017

    I really enjoyed this book, the setting, characters & the intertwined storylines were most enjoyable

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