Short Take: The Gone Dead Train – Lisa Turner

Feel like taking a trip to the Delta–without the actual heat and humidity? This commercial murder mystery has what you’re looking for: Memphis, Santeria voodoo, flawed heroes, bizarre murders, a strong dose of the blues, and a generations-old betrayal involving civil rights icons.

“Death comes in threes for Sgt. Det. Billy Able…First, sax man Little Man Lacy expires while fleeing toward the Mississippi River from a menace he calls “the Evils.” Second, guitarist/songwriter Red Davis is found dead on a bench outside the Memphis train station. Later, a legendary baseball player whom Able admires perishes under suspicious circumstances. Rookie patrol officer Frankie Malone, who suspects Santeria at play in Davis’s death, asks Able to investigate…Turner effectively mines the blues, civil rights struggles, and Santeria rites as Able and Malone form a budding partnership.”
Publishers Weekly

The Gone Dead Train (9780062136190) by Lisa Turner. $14.99 trade paper original. 7/22/14 on sale.

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