DEAD MAN'S BLUES stunning cover and intriguing blurb made
me eager to read the book. I have not read THE AXEMAN,
the first book in this series, but that didn't concern me
much since I'm used to reading books out of order. And I
am pleased to say that it didn't matter that I hadn't read
the first book since the story was very easy to get into.
The story in DEAD MAN'S BLUES takes place almost 10 years after
the story in THE AXEMAN. Michael Talbot and Ida Davis are
back, still working for the
Pinkertons, but now in Chicago instead of New Orleans. A
distraught woman contacts them to find her missing
daughter and they take on the case, despite that most
people seem to want them to not search for the girl. At
the same time, a gangster is found mutilated in an alley
and crime scene photographer Jacob Russo takes an
interest in the case. Arriving in Chicago is Dante
Sanfelippo rum-rummer and fixer. He has been called back
to Chicago from New York by Al Capone who wants him to
investigate a case of poisoning that could lead back to a
traitor among Al's men. These three separate cases seem
to have no links between them, but as the story progress
is clear that there is something that connects them...
I was thrilled to read a book set in the 20s, one of my
favorite periods to read about. And, to have Louie
Armstrong and Al Capone making cameo appearances was
fabulous. Bootleggers, jazz, murder, and a lost heiress
are just the right things to make me interested in a
book. I was drawn into the story right from the start.
One thing I especially liked was that it was so easy to
get into the story, despite it being a sequel. The best
part of the book is when it's all starting to come
together, all three cases which seemed to have no
connection to each other. But, suddenly the different
storylines start to intertwine. This book made me eager
to read the first book, to get to know Michael and Ida
from the beginning. At the same time, I can't wait for
the next book which will be set in New York to be
DEAD MAN'S BLUES is a book that will thrill people that
love to read books set in the 20s or any reader that
loves a good historical mystery book.
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?