just trying to find these little things in this life and the next one, those small irrationalities, or misplaced and mispelled catch phrases, tiny indsicretions that had you running and falling on that day to day
Atkins cites Hammett and J D MacDonald as influences, and this first Nick Travers novel reflects that.
If you like either of those authors then do read this book. If you don’t , it’s still a good mystery, has a pacey plot, punchy dialogue, a sense of place (in `Nawlins’ and on the Mississippi Delta)- and Travers as amateur `blues detective’ and sleuth.
You’ll get lost in the history of blues legend Robert Johnson that provides the central story here. And an interesting aspect of the novel is the counterpoint of that world of the 30’s with that of New Orleans and the Delta now.
I’ve not read any other of Atkins’s Nick Travers novels but on the strength of this debut I will.
Been reading mr ace lately. I guess I do dig on country noir. Strip joints and truck stops. Got to love that.
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five! the best. 1925. In standing photo from l. to r. Johnny St. Cyr, Kid Ory, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, Lil Hardin Armstrong.
Favorite band of all time but maybe I got weird taste in music. Critics say not that great but for a hundred years ago can’t beat it. I think just like how they solo more than others from that time and the recordings are good so you can hear it good as it hits your ears from he N.O. From way back in the day up to Chicago with those hot players from way back on those scratching and fuzzy records of a different time. Kick it back. With banjo tunes and segregation. But still sweet to the ear and like miles Davis said Louis has already played everything before just walking in his shoes on a sunny afternoon as you skip to that tune and forget about grinding at airport as that wind hits your face and trying to to make it to the next day.