Wm Morris/Harper Collins
Date: March 2004
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Mystery / Amateur sleuth
By Ace Atkins
Nick Travers is a former
professional football player who now is a teacher of blues history
at Tulane University. During his off-time, he tours the country
looking for blues. He is a sometime amateur sleuth, too, and a former
New Orleans Saints teammate, Friday Paris, has asked him to find
a million dollars, which was conned from a 15-year-old rap prodigy
Alias and tries to win his confidence, hoping to find a way to those
who swindled him. Nick's search involves rival record producers,
old athletic friends, street urchins, and wealthy agents who are
only anxious to separate their entertainment stars from their money.
He makes a few enemies along the way, which culminates with a confrontation
in a delta swamp.
This is the
fourth Nick Travers mystery. The plot is well-constructed, with
a tense story. The descriptions of the area, particularly the bayou
country is very realistic. Much focus is on the true meaning of
friendship and commitment. There is a wealth of music knowledge,
particularly of the blues scene. This is a story which keeps the
reader absorbed, eagerly turning the pages.