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Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery

Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery

by Martha Conway

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Overview

New Mystery by Edgar-Nominated Author


In 1921, young jazz pianist Eve Riser witnesses the accidental killing of a bootlegger. To cover up the crime, she agrees to deliver a letter to a man named Rudy Hardy in Chicago. But when Eve gets to Chicago she discovers that her stepsister Chickie, a popular nightclub singer, is pregnant by a man she won’t name. That night Rudy Hardy is killed before Eve’s eyes in a brutal drive-by shooting, and Chickie disappears.


Eve needs to find Chickie, but she can’t do it alone. Lena Hardy, Rudy’s sister, wants to learn the truth behind her brother’s murder, but she needs Eve’s connections to do that. Together Eve and Lena navigate the back alleys and speakeasies of 1920s Chicago encountering petty thugs, charismatic bandleaders, and a mysterious nightclub owner called the Walnut who seems to be the key to it all. As they fight racial barriers trying to discover the truth, Eve and Lena unravel a twisted tale of secret shipments and gangster rivalry. SUGARLAND mixes the excitement of a new kind of music—jazz—with the darker side of Prohibition in a gripping story with “real suspense for anyone who likes a good mystery.” (Kirkus Reviews)



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991618538
Publisher: Noontime Books
Publication date: 05/12/2016
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Martha Conway's first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award, and her historical novel THIEVING FOREST won numerous prizes including the North American Book Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her short stories have been published in the Iowa Review, the Carolina Quarterly, the Massachusetts Review, the Quarterly, Folio, Puerto del Sol, Epoch, and other journals. She teaches creative writing for Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program and UC Berkeley Extension, and is a recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and now lives in San Francisco.

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