Music for the Dead
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A Crime Noir from one of the best voices in Spanish noir literature. Translated into English for the first time by award-winning translator Nick Caistor. It is the 1940s. New York is ruled by corruption and crime, and people take refuge in the day-to-day pleasures of life, turning in after listening to the jazz masters in clubs - surrounded by smoke and the flow of bourbon - in the early mornings. Mike Winowsky - a tough and cynical private eye with an immense love for jazz and bourbon - is hired by Duke Ellington to threaten a guy who is blackmailing his good friend Billy Strayhorn, the composer of Mike's favorite jazz song Take The "A" Train. The case seems simple, but when the blackmailer is found dead under suspicious circumstances only hours after meeting Mike, things gets complicated. In his search for the truth and to prove his own innocence, Mike becomes involved in a shady corruption case which leaves a long string of bodies in its wake and links the alleys of Harlem with the offices of those representing the city's upper circles. Music for the Dead pays tribute to the classic hardboiled novels of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald and is ideal to read with the soothing sound of Duke Ellington's piano in the background. And of course with a good bourbon in hand.