Dead Man's Blues by Ray Celestin

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Read Dead Man's Blues Online Free - Dead Man's Blues is a gripping historical crime novel from Ray Celestin, the author of 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 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, booze and corruption?

Title : Dead Man's Blues
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ISBN : 1447258908
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Paromjit rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2016

Ray Celestin's last book won a CWA dagger, and on the basis of this novel, I am not surprised. This is part of a series of Jazz and Mobsters, and it is a brilliant read. It is a historical crime thriller set in 1920s Chicago and you feel as if you are right there in the city. It begins with Louis...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

August 07, 2016

I loved “The Axeman’s Jazz,” and so was delighted to read this sequel. In fact, this is the second in a proposed four book quartet and will, hopefully, feature many of the characters that we have come to know and care for. This book opens in 1922 with Louis Armstrong leaving New Orleans for Chica...

Γιώτα rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2017

Με την πρώτη του συγγραφική απόπειρα, "Η τζαζ του δολοφόνου", ο Ray Celestin προκάλεσε μεγάλη αίσθηση και όχι άδικα. Φέτος, επιστρέφει μ' ένα ακόμα δυνατό μυθιστόρημα που καθηλώνει, γοητεύει και συναρπάζει, μ' ένα ιστορικό θρίλερ εγκλήματος που τοποθετείται στη δεκαετία του '20, και που μεγάλη ρε...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

October 04, 2016

Dead Man’s Blues – A Brilliant Follow-up Dead Man’s Blues is the follow-up to Ray Celestin’s stunning debut book The Axeman’s Jazz, and had delivered a truly brilliant novel. Once again jazz and the music of the deep south resonates throughout the book while no longer set in New Orleans the action...

Dave rated it ★★★★★

November 29, 2017

It's Chicago in the 1920's complete with the King of prohibition-era Chicago, Al Capone, and jazz great Louis Armstrong. Dead man's Blues is the second of four planned jazz- inspired mobster stories each set in a different U.S. city. The author, Ray Celestin, does an incredibly great job of catch...

Emma rated it ★★★★☆

March 03, 2017

Very enjoyable historical fiction, based on 1920s Chicago. This is the second in the series, the third and fourth still to be written. Intertwined with this is the story of Louis Armstrong. Although his part is fairly minor in terms of moving the plot along, the author has cleverly structured the...

Myriam rated it ★★★★★

April 13, 2017

Ma chronique : Ce second volet de la quadrilogie est un véritable succès, encore meilleur que le premier tome Carnaval si cela était possible. Savant mélange de mafia, de prohibition, de jeunesse dorée brûlant la vie par les deux bouts et de jazz bien évidemment, on est happé...

Shakeia rated it ★★★★☆

March 21, 2017

An excellent follow-up to The Axeman's Jazz. A great mixture of history and fiction. Well-written. Ida and Louis and Michael are back ten years later and in a new city. Loved how it combined and explored jazz, Capone/gangsters, and Chicago. Would recommend.

Thebooktrail rated it ★★★★★

October 23, 2016

Visit the locations via the Literary Travel Agency Dead man's blues booktrail WOW! This isn’t just a novel, it’s an experience – a jazz and blues and booze fuelled chase through the Chicago of Al Capone. It was action from page one and it grabs you from the scruff of your neck and never lets you g...

Liz rated it ★★★★★

October 02, 2016

I was a HUGE fan of The Axemans Jazz so to say I was a little excited to read this would be putting it mildly. And my word if Ray Celestin hasnt gone and done it again. The mix of historical fact and fiction is utterly compelling (Louis Armstrong!) and I was so happy to be reading about Michael an...

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