The Blues were born out of need, anger, and pride. Murder comes from those same dark places. Memphis has both.
One of Memphis' most seductive and notorious socialites has vanished. Either she's off on another drunken escapade or the disappearance is something much more frightening. What begins as an ordinary day's work for Detective Billy Able quickly grows into a complex spider's web of tragedy, mystery, suspicion, and sordid secrets including a few of Billy's own.
With the help of Mercy Snow, the estranged sister of the missing socialite, Billy follows a twisted trail of human frailty and corruption to disturbing truths that undermine everything he thought he knew about himself and the people he loves.
"Memphis, the Mississippi River, and the underbelly of human nature they're all exposed in the dark brew of this fast-paced Southern Gothic suspense. Page-turning and atmospheric, this tightly-plotted novel turns the screws and sends readers racing to its surprise conclusion." (Michael Finger, Senior Editor, Memphis Magazine)
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Great story and excellent reader.
I read this book in print form and loved it. I wanted to see how it translated into audio. I have to say I actually enjoyed it better in audio than in print. I lived in Memphis several years ago, and the story is so Memphis that I felt as if I was back there.
The book is very Southern gothic, along the lines of James Lee Burke. The story builds in layers, introducing you to characters you love and characters you love to hate, and it has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.
I was worried that a reader wouldn't be able to pick up on the nuances that are so very much Memphis. Jeffrey Kafer did such a great job that I found myself unable to turn off the book, even though I already knew the plot. I'd definitely listen to other books read by this reader.
No one is really who you think they are.
narrator was terrible!
This is a story set in the South. The narrator should have had a southern accent. An editor/author should have told him how to pronounce Tunica, Poplar, etc. He mispronounced many other words as well. I did not like the roughness of his voice. The story did not lend itself to that kind of characterization.
I mostly chose it because it was set in Memphis where I've lived for 30+ years. It's always fun to know the settings. I might have enjoyed the story itself more if I had like the reader.