Dead Man's Blues

Ray Celestin (Author)
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Product Details

Pegasus Crime
Publish Date
February 12, 2019
5.6 X 8.6 X 1.4 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Ray Celestin is the author of The Axeman's Jazz, winner of the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Best First Novel Award. He lives in London.


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.--Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
Gripping. Rich description and meticulous attention to historical detail.
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.
Celestin captures 1920s Chicago in all its grimy, roiling, teeming glory in this intricate and absorbing thriller, which is surely destined to be an instant go-to for historical crime enthusiasts. Fantastic.
Readers of hard-boiled murder mysteries will enjoy the ride to the very last page and will appreciate the honest portrait of a big city finding its way.
Gripping, atmospheric, and satisfyingly meaty.
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.