On a manic ride from the mixing boards of hip-hop recording studios to mansions in the Hamptons and the projects of the urban ghetto, Detective Black Sallie Blue Eyes ventures behind-the-scenes of the record business in search of a street-side assassin. Casting a widely satirical net on all spectra and species of the Manhattan social scene—from tweaking downtown hipsters, wrestling fetishists, and rapper wannabes to real estate moguls and hip-hop impresarios—this satirical urban noir novel offers intrigue, insight, and an innovative brand of humor.
|Publisher:||Schaffner Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Marc Blatte is an award-winning songwriter, a composer and a producer, a Grammy Award nominee, and a Clio Award winner. Recently, he cofounded and launched a hip-hop record label. He lives in New York City.
What People are Saying About This
Marc Blatte puts his street cred on the line with this hugely entertaining, rollercoaster ride through New York's most dangerous, most colorful precincts. His bouncers, police detectives, and hip-hop musicians are unforgettable men and women who collide, with unfortunate results, in one unforgettable novel. (Ken Kalfus, 2006 National Book Award Finalist in Fiction)
Marc Blatte writes like a freight train on fire . . . as elegantly twisted and satisfying as the best urban crime novels . . . as crackling and colorful as the city of New York itself. (Fred Berner, executive producer, Law & Order)
Reading Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed, the pages flew. I went through them like money. Marc is a natural born storyteller, as incapable of writing a boring sentence as he was in his former life of writing a lackluster melody. (Peter deJonge, coauthor, Beach House)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book starts out great, you read the first few pages and your already at the murder scene. The details are so well put and vivid that you can see it happen as you read, and that's the cool part. The best part about Humpty Dumpty was Pushed is when your deep into the story and there's so much going on that your trying to find out who killed who? Why? and How? This is a good read and it will keep you thinking till the very end.
The title is enticing--the story was a decent murder thriller. There's little mystery about who is doing what as the action follows several sets of characters around New York and local habitats. The story is grounded in gritty detective work, the hip hop music industry, and drugs, and was, as noted earlier, very much like following the first half of a Law and Order episode. I found reading the book disquieting because of the typeface (sans serif is not the easiest to read), and because the action in the story or the characters who are speaking change without any visual cue--i.e., no extra spacing to show a change of locale, or identification of a character. There were also some glaring publishing/editorial errors (the end of paragraphs cut off on one page; two pages later, paragraphs repeating from one page to the next). Nonethless, I will be interested in seeing the next novel from this writer.
Marc Blatte's debut novel does not disappoint. Biz, his cousin Scholar and the Proof hip hop band recall Fat Albert and crew, only with much smaller IQs. Scholar and the boys, lately of residence in the Federal system; feel they have what it takes to make it in the music biz. Biz the cousin is the man to make their demo record - for $15 grand. Scholar has never had money but, there has it now and the record, good or bad, is made.We meet a very dead man with yellow socks (Pashko) and his cousin, Vooyo, late of Serbia. Vooyo is out to kill his cousin's murderer but it may not be who he thinks. We have arrests accompanied by Molotov cocktails. We have Black Sallie Blue Eyes, a detective with more on the ball than most and we have Ray: another victim who told the Proof they need a tad more practice and who lived through his beatings to tell the tale.An excellent story filled with the voices of hip-hop, comedy and quotes from Wittgenstein all rolled into one. Sort of a United Nations of a novel. I enjoyed reading it and hope Mr. Blatte doesn't stop with what I'm sure will be a hit.
¿Humpty Dumpty was pushed. Nothing happens by accident and lightening can strike twice in the same spot.¿ Who murdered the big man with the yellow socks? This story takes us from a hip-hop recording studio to a New York City nightclub to a socialite¿s home in the Hamptons. Detective Salvatore Messina, aka Black Sallie Blue Eyes, is a smart cop with a criminal profiler mind. He dreams of keeping the streets safe, but this case has got him working to keep his captain, the record producers and the socialites from breathing down his neck AND, as fate has it, his ex-wife is back in New York City. Scholar, gritty ex-con, has a dream to be a top hip hop executive, but money and the higher ups are getting in his way. Even his cousin Biz, record producer, can¿t help him reach his goal. Vooko, Albanian nightclub bouncer, dreams about finding his cousin¿s killer. Moving from a war torn country to the streets of New York City wasn¿t much of a transition. It¿s bad enough with the language barrier, but the traditions and ways of life are even more challenging. Kal Kessler, wealthy socialite drug addict, dreams of earning his father¿s approval. Unfortunately, he hangs with ¿the boys¿, enjoys fast cars and hard drugs. Marc Blatte¿s first novel is ¿da bomb¿. The suspense, colorful hip-hop slang, character nicknames and humorous banter kept me turning the pages. He has created the first ¿wonderful hip-hop noir mystery¿ that even a farm girl from Iowa couldn¿t put down.
It reads as quick as a Grisham novel and has hints of Lethem's "Motherless Brooklyn." As a NYC musician, how could I not like a crime novel that starts out in a recording studio?! New York and Hip Hop are tough worlds to write about because authenticity is so essential. Apparently, this was no challenge for Blatte. His background in music and his love for NYC (check out his website if you get the chance) give this mystery an incredibly realistic feel. A really fantastically fun read. Songs, books...is there anything this guy can't write?!