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Ray Celestin
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The Mobster's Lament

Ray Celestin


9781509838943

MANTLE


Fiction & Literature;
Historical mysteries;
Thriller & suspense;
Historical fiction


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576 pages

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Ray Celestin heads to New York City, for the third book in his award-winning City Blues quartet, The Mobster's Lament.

Fall, 1947. New York City.

Private Investigator Ida Davis has been called to New York by her old partner, Michael Talbot, to investigate a brutal killing spree in a Harlem flophouse that has left four people dead. But as they delve deeper into the case, Ida and Michael realize the murders are part of a larger conspiracy that stretches further than they ever could have imagined.

Meanwhile, Ida's childhood friend, Louis Armstrong, is at his lowest ebb. His big band is bankrupt, he's playing to empty venues, and he's in danger of becoming a has-been, until a promoter approaches him with a strange offer to reignite his career . . .

And across the city, nightclub manager and mob fixer Gabriel Leveson's plans to flee New York are upset when he's called in for a meeting with the 'boss of all bosses', Frank Costello. Tasked with tracking down stolen mob money, Gabriel must embark on a journey through New York's seedy underbelly, forcing him to confront demons from his own past, all while the clock is ticking on his evermore precarious escape plans.

Ray Celestin's third instalment in his multi-award winning City Blues Quartet is both a gripping neo-noir crime novel and a vivid, panoramic portrait of New York - from its tenements to its luxury hotels, from its bebop clubs to the bustling wharves of the Brooklyn waterfront - all set as the mob is rising to the height of its powers . . .

By:   Ray Celestin
Imprint:   MANTLE
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 44mm
Weight:   732g
ISBN:   9781509838943
ISBN 10:   1509838945
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   March 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ray Celestin is a novelist and screenwriter based in London. His debut novel, The Axeman's Jazz, won the CWA New Blood Dagger for best debut crime novel of the year, and was featured on numerous `Books of the Year' lists. His follow-up, Dead Man's Blues, won the Historia Historical Thriller of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for a number of other awards, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year. The novels are part of a series - the City Blues Quartet - which charts the twin histories of jazz and the Mob through the middle fifty years of the twentieth century. The Mobster's Lament is the third instalment in this series.


The best debut I've read this year -- Scotsman (on <i>The Axeman's Jazz</i>) Both a fascinating portrait of a vibrant and volatile city and a riveting read -- <i>Guardian </i>(on <i>The Axeman's Jazz</i>) His first book was one of the best crime novels of its year and this sequel is even better. VERDICT: 5/5 -- <i>Sunday Express</i> (on<i> Dead Man's Blues</i>) Celestin's promise of two further instalments of this lively, jazz-based series can only be cause for celebration -- <i>Sunday Times</i> (on<i> Dead Man's Blues</i>)

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