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Posted January 10, 2004
¿Dirty South¿ is the fourth novel in Ace Atkins¿ Nick Travers series, and each book just gets better. The title refers to a style of rap that¿s become popular in the southeast. It¿s the most popular music in New Orleans right now, so it comes as no surprise that Nick Travers, a blues tracker, would become involved with the music and its practitioners. Nick has traveled a long, hard road. A difficult childhood led to a truncated career with the New Orleans Saints, and eventually to a professorship at Tulane University teaching the blues. On the side, he¿s a blues tracker ¿ finding, researching and investigating the history and the people of the music. Over the years, Nick¿s skills have allowed him to help several of his friends out of some pretty tight spots. ¿Dirty South¿ is no different. Nick's old friend from his football days, Teddy Paris, is in a world of hurt. He¿s a music entrepreneur and has got himself into a mess with another producer to whom he owes money. If Teddy can¿t come up with several hundred thousand dollars in 24 hours, he¿ll be killed. The other producer, Cash, also wants to take Teddy¿s new protégé, a teenage rapper named ALIAS, away from him. It turns out that the money belonged to ALIAS, and someone has run a con on him. Nick starts looking for answers, but the answers only lead to more difficult questions. Teddy¿s brother Malcolm, his lawyer Terry Brill, the producer Cash, and even ALIAS himself have less than pure motives. As it turns out, saving Teddy¿s life is just the beginning. Nick is pulled into a dark world of love and betrayal that stretches back a decade, to the beginning of dirty South music. Ultimately, ¿Dirty South¿, like all of Ace Atkins¿ work, focuses on the meaning of friendship. To Nick Travers, who has no biological family, his chosen family of friends is of paramount importance. He¿ll do anything for them. So the question becomes, who¿s betraying whom, and for what? There are no easy answers. To accompany Nick on his search for the truth is an exciting and thought provoking journey.
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Posted July 23, 2005
Two former pro football players team up to find $700K stolen from a rap singing prodigy. Mystery & suspense are woven through the 'Dirty South' rap music world of New Orleans in this latest Nick Travers novel. Winner of the 2004 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Southern Writers Guild.
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Posted December 23, 2003
Teddy Paris and Nick Travers, both former National Football League players, became friends during an exhibition season when the former stole or borrowed depending on who tells the story the latter¿s jeep. While Nick became a music expert and part-time Tulane instructor, Teddy partnered with his brother to the tune of a multimillion dollar rap music label. The two men remain friends with the commonality of short football careers and a love of music. <P>Teddy knows that Nick has solved some music mysteries though his pal is an amateur sleuth so he asks if Travers will help him locate about one million dollars conned from teenage superstar ALIAS. Nick learns nothing from the self indulgent ALIAS, not even whether he was swindled or not. Nick begins making inquiries on the mean streets of New Orleans where he begins to learn that professionals take stars (entertainment and sports) for monetary rides. Those who make a living off the naive media studs warn Travers to turn his rap elsewhere or expect a permanent rest. <P>The fourth Nick Travers music mystery provides the audience with multiple intriguing looks at the darker side of the industry. As usual Ace Atkins displays his music acumen that is harmoniously blended into the story line. However, the plot lacks substance especially once ALIAS blows Travers off, leaving the audience wondering why and what the professor is investigating. Though not quite the usual Ace, DIRTY SOUTH sings enough of the blues to entreat amateur sleuth and music mystery lovers to listen to the melody. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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