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Dead man's blues : a novel

Author: Ray Celestin
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Crime, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Pegasus Books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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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 proves harder than expected to find a face  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Historical detective and mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
History
Named Person: Louis Armstrong
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Celestin
ISBN: 1681775603 9781681775609
OCLC Number: 975944457
Description: 483 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Ray Celestin.

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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 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, 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 his own problems, 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 jazz, fast liquor, and corruption?

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