Crossroad Blues by Ace Atkins
A Nick Travers Mystery

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On August 15, 1938, the most celebrated figure in blues history, Robert Johnson, was murdered outside a Greenwood, Mississippi, juke joint. More than 50 years after, a college professor, following rumors of nine unknown Johnson recordings, disappears in the Mississippi Delta. Blues historian Nick Travers leaves New Orleans to track down the missing professor--and to unravel the greatest mystery in all of blues lore.
 

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Ace Atkins is a staff writer for the Tampa Tribune.
 
Published July 18, 2011 by Carrefour, Ltd.. 247 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Crime. Non-fiction

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Nick heads for Greenwood and begins a long, violence-packed search, encountering characters like young, stupid Jesse Garon (a psychopathic killer who worships Elvis), Delta policeman Willie Brown (soon to die), ruthless record producer and blues-club owner Pascal Cruz, his hit man Sweet Boy Floyd...

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The legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson has been used for fictional purposes before (e.g., in Walter Mosley's RL's Dream), but Florida journalist Atkins takes full, fresh advantage of Johnson's l

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Ace Atkins shows a fine ear for language and a deft hand at plotting in his first novel, Crossroad Blues, a mystery about the murder of Mississippi blues guitarist Robert Johnson, ''a man who made music like chilled rain.'' Music historian Nick Travers heads down Highway 61 to track down a fellow...

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They say that, before you can play the blues, before you can even truly understand the blues, you have to have *lived* the blues.

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Robert Johnson was a legendary blues figure who died under mysterious circumstances when he was 27.

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