Crossroad Blues (Nick Travers Series #1)

Crossroad Blues (Nick Travers Series #1)

by Ace Atkins

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Nick Travers is back where it all began.
Years after The Philadelphia Inquirer proclaimed Crossroad Blues “an impressive debut by a promising new talent,” the acclaimed crime novel is back in print.
A modern, Southern re-invention of The Maltese Falcon, Crossroad Blues won noir fans with its nod to the masters and thrilled readers with a wild ride along Highway 61. It’s here that we first meet Nick Travers, an ex-New Orleans Saint turned Tulane University blues historian. Nick searches for the lost recordings of 1930s bluesman Robert Johnson—and a missing colleague—and finds trouble at every turn.
The cast of characters includes a red-headed siren, an Elvis-worshipping hitman, Johnson’s ghost, and the Mississippi Delta itself. A decade later, Crossroad Blues still sings.

Critical Praise
“In Atkins’ hands, the characters are as substantial as a down home breakfast of biscuits and ham with red-eye gravy.” —Entertainment Weekly
“When (Atkins) old guys open up, you can really hear the music everybody talks about so reverently.” —The New York Times
"Atkins' research into blues history adds depth and context to the always entertaining story, which whizzes by like an old, familiar song heard on the car radio late at night." —The Chicago Tribune

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013910652
Publisher: Carrefour
Publication date: 03/03/2012
Series: Nick Travers Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 247
Sales rank: 78,573
File size: 256 KB

About the Author

Ace Atkins is the author of eleven novels, including The Lost Ones and Lullaby, both out from G.P. Putnam’s Sons in May 2012.
A former journalist who cut his teeth as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, he published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, at 27 and became a full-time novelist at 30. In 2011, he was selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the bestselling adventures of Boston’s iconic private eye, Spenser.
As a reporter, Ace earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a feature series based on his investigation into a forgotten murder of the 1950s. The story became the core of his critically acclaimed novel, White Shadow, which earned raves from noted authors and critics. In his next novels, Wicked City, Devil’s Garden, and Infamous, blended first-hand interviews and original research into police and court records with tightly woven plots and incisive characters. The historical novels told great American stories by weaving fact and fiction into a colorful, seamless tapestry.
The Lost Ones and The Ranger represent a return to Ace’s first love: hero-driven series fiction. Quinn Colson is a real hero—a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan—who returns home to north Mississippi to fight corruption on his home turf. The stories, contemporary tales with a dash of classic westerns and noir, are currently in development for a major television series.
Ace lives on a historic farm outside Oxford, Mississippi with his family. Lately, he’s also been spending a lot of time in Boston, much of it at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston.

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VictoriaAllman More than 1 year ago
Crossroad Blues is the story of Nick Travers, an ex-New Orleans Saints player turned blues historian and his search for the lost recordings of Robert Johnson. This fast-paced mystery is a throwback to another era; not only 1938 and the murder of Robert Johnson after he sold his soul to the devil to be able to play the blues, but to an era of hard-boiled mysteries and dialogue that cracks like a whip. Ace Atkins has captured a real sense of place with Crossroad Blues. It is set in both New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta and each page is flavored with both of these unique and intriguing places. Every chapter reads like a well-researched travelogue through the Delta, blues music, and the gritty vibrations of the French Quarter. The references to blues history are flawless and the feel of the South sizzles throughout the story. Within a few pages, I knew I'd found my favorite new author and can't wait to read more of Nick Travers and Ace Atkins. If you are a lover of noir mysteries and southern literature you will LOVE Crossroad Blues. Victoria Allman author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written-wonderful imagery-good, well developed characters. I swear I could feel the New Orleans and delta humidity while I was reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this novel up at a garage sale for 25 cents and have been hooked ever since. Highly recommend his books for pleasure reading and plain old entertainment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nick Travers is a great character! An awesome character like Nick, a good mystery plot, and the blues...what more could you want how about some decent editing. It really distracts the reader from the story when the editing is this bad. Missing words I understand but missing sentences just sucks.