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Mystery Historical | Mystery Private Eye
Set in Chicago in 1928 and featuring Pinkerton
detectives, a murdered heiress, shadowy gangsters—and even
Louis Armstrong—this is the bluesy, atmospheric sequel to
the award-winning The Axeman.
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
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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