By Ace Atkins
When new information at the mysterious dying of a blues list manufacturer floor from a mythical guitarist over a bottle of Crown Royal, Nick turns into intrigued. In 1959, Billy Lyons' physique was once came across stabbed with an ice choose and floating in Lake Michigan. His lover, a blues singer named Ruby Walker, used to be sentenced to lifestyles in felony for the homicide. yet even after Ruby used to be sentenced, rumors emerged of a playing debt to the black mafia or a potential hit known as by way of Lyons' companion, Moses Jordan, who moved directly to immortality with one other label.
After arriving at Chicago's Union Station, Travers learns there are nonetheless these who'd like Billy Lyons' homicide to stay unsolved. He quickly has clean blood splattered on his boots and he is working within the blackened snow from a rogues gallery of killers that come with a 6-foot-5, three hundred pound respiring ball of hate named Stagger Lee Jordan and a gorgeous pair of sociopaths--Butcher Knife-Totin' Annie and Fast-Lovin' Fannie--two girls with respective abilities for romance and dying.
His quest for Lyons' killer retraces the course of the Delta greats through the nice Migration of blacks after global struggle II. From the historical Maxwell road industry to the South Side's Checkerboard front room, take a touch from Robert Johnson while he sang, "C'mon. child do not you must move. again to that very same previous place--My candy domestic Chicago."