Highway 61 Resurfaced

Highway 61 Resurfaced

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by Bill Fitzhugh
     
 

FM rock deejay and private investigator Rick Shannon is back in a big way in the second novel of a series that began with the rollicking Radio Activity.

Highway 61 Resurfaced kicks off when a woman named Lollie Woolfolk sashays into the offices of Rockin' Vestigations and says she wants to find her long lost granddaddy, blues producer Tucker

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Overview

FM rock deejay and private investigator Rick Shannon is back in a big way in the second novel of a series that began with the rollicking Radio Activity.

Highway 61 Resurfaced kicks off when a woman named Lollie Woolfolk sashays into the offices of Rockin' Vestigations and says she wants to find her long lost granddaddy, blues producer Tucker Woolfolk. Before it's over, Rick Shannon has crisscrossed the sweltering Mississippi Delta in search of the thread that connects a dead man in Yazoo City found with a fork stuck in his back to an old man known as Pigfoot Morgan who was just released from Mississippi State Penitentiary after serving fifty years for murder. Further complicating matters is the lovesick Crail Pitts, onetime Ole Miss football star who is driving around the Magnolia State with a noisy lawyer in his trunk, and Cuffie LeFleur, one of four generations of a cotton dynasty that may be on its last legs. In the end, everything points to one of the great mysteries in blues lore: whether Blind Buddy Cotton, Crippled Willie Jefferson, and Crazy Earl Tate ever recorded together. When Rick starts a rumor that he's found the tapes from the legendary Blind, Crippled, and Crazy sessions, a killer is sent to collect them and Rick starts singing the PI blues.

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Editorial Reviews

Biloxi Sun Herald
“HIGHWAY 61 RESURFACED is every bit as much a page-turner as [Fitzhugh’s] first six books.”
CrimeSpree Magazine
“A fantastic read.”
Deadly Pleasures Magazine
“This is classic Fitzhugh, to complement the classic Rock and Roll. Highly recommended.”
Interview
“...a climax so rich you want to hear the tapes as much as the people hunting them down.”
Jackson Free Press
“... puts a shine on Delta Blues that would make Ace Atkins proud.”
New Orleans Times-Picayune
“...Fitzhugh draws especially fine, sensitive portraits of the guys who lived the blues, not just played them.”
New York Times
“Fitzhugh…really shows his artistry in his richly comic, warmly affectionate character studies.”
Time magazine
“Fitzhugh’s dialogue is as cool as a pitcher of iced tea, and his characters are just over the top...”
Marilyn Stasio
Fitzhugh, born and reared in Mississippi, has a belly full of feeling for the songs and legends of his Southern musical heritage. But where he really shows his artistry is in his richly comic, warmly affectionate character studies of battered old men with long experience in living -- not just playing -- the blues.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Some fine characterization helps offset an overly complicated plot in Fitzhugh's second mystery to star veteran disc jockey and rookie PI Rick Shannon (after 2004's Radio Activity). Now working at a radio station in Vicksburg, Miss. (and more into old blues than rock), Rick also heads Rockin'Vestigations, to which an attractive young woman who calls herself Lollie Woolfolk applies for help in finding her missing grandfather, Tucker Woolfolk, an old-time record producer. When Rick discovers Tucker dead, he has a murder case on his hands. Then Lollie disappears, and another gal claiming to be Lollie Woolfolk turns up. The eccentric, mostly elderly cast includes the members of the blues group BCC (short for Blind, Crippled and Crazy); a pill-crazy killer; a crooked, prejudiced and big-bellied white sheriff; and an innocent black man released from jail after doing 50 years for murder and ready for revenge. Providing comic relief is a sickly alley cat Rick befriends. A search for the old tape of a legendary blues session by BCC generates some suspense, even if its fate remains unclear. Fans of Radio Activity may be disappointed that Rick's detective work leaves him so little time behind the mike. Agent, Jimmy Vines. Author tour. (Apr. 12) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060597610
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/12/2005
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.17(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Fitzhugh is the author of seven novels. He still has all of his original organs and plans to keep it that way until the very end, at which point he is willing to let the doctors divvy them up among anyone (with the exception of politicians) who might need them. However, he makes no promises about the quality of his liver. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and all of her organs.

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