Troy D. Smith is a man after my own heart. Not only has he create a gutbucket crime novel revolving around the blues world located way down in the alley, but he's also created a protagonist who plays the blues harp (and here I was thinking that I was the only one thinking like that). Smith sets his Cross Road Blues (Perfect Crime Books) during the heyday of the blues in 1957, when the likes of Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Elmore James, and Howlin' Wolf stomped out their musical territory.
I applaud Perfect Crime Books for bringing this entertaining blues tale to the table. I'm also looking forward to their upcoming release of Hank and Muddy. That's right, author Stephen Mertz has Hank Williams and Muddy Water crossing paths in the 1950s, each with a bit of sleuthing up their sleeves. Stay tuned. Until then, visit their website at http://www.perfectcrimebooks.com/ and check out their catalogue. Amazon's a good place to order Cross Road Blues. 'Nuff for now.
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