Leavin' Trunk Blues (Nick Travers Series #2)

Leavin' Trunk Blues (Nick Travers Series #2)

by Ace Atkins

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"If the streets of Chicago's South Side could talk, they would probably speak in the cracked voices of the bluesmen who shuffle through [this] soulful mystery." – The New York Times Book Review

In the 1950s, Ruby Walker boarded the Illinois Central from Mississippi to the Promised Land – Chicago. She became one of the greatest blues singers the city has ever known, only to lose everything when she was convicted of murdering her lover and producer, Billy Lyons, in 1959. She's been locked in a prison cell ever since.
Now, a flickering hope emerges for Walker in the form of letters from a Tulane University blues historian named Nick Travers. She agrees to an interview only in exchange for him checking out what she calls the truth behind Lyons's last hours.
Travers soon learns there are those who still want the details of Lyons's death to remain hidden in the rubble of the blighted neighborhoods.
First published in print in 2000, this second book in the Nick Travers series remains a classic.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014743105
Publisher: Carrefour
Publication date: 06/03/2012
Series: Nick Travers Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 120,063
File size: 340 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. Last year, he was selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the bestselling adventures of Boston’s iconic private eye, Spenser.

Ace lives on a historic farm outside Oxford, Mississippi with his family. Lately, he’s been spending a lot of time in Boston, much of it at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston.

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Leavin' Trunk Blues 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Former professional football player, Nick Travers loves his work as Tulane University¿s blues historian. When convicted murderer Ruby ¿The Sweet Black Angel¿ Walker agrees to Nick interviewing her, he can hardly wait. Four decades ago, Ruby was sent to jail for killing her lover Billy Lyons, owner of King Snake Records, in what was considered a ¿Frankie and Johnny¿ murder.

In Chicago, Nick meets Ruby, who insists she is innocent. She pleads with Nick, who had recent success solving a mystery, to prove her innocence. Unable to resist the lure of Ruby, who was one step away from music legend, Nick begins to investigate the death of Lyons back in 1959. However, his inquires leads to the maniacal Stagger Lee and his assortment of lunatics wanting the case remaining closed and Nick dead.

The second Nick Travers¿ blues mystery, LEAVIN¿ TRUNK BLUES, is a well written, but much darker tale than its predecessor (see CROSSROAD BLUES) is. The story line still sings with a rhythm not often seen in an amateur sleuth tale. The setting seems ghostly in an abandoned urban way and supplemented by the arctic Christmas weather that together adds up to the overall feeling of gloom. However, the light that shines through the bleak landscape is the heroic Nick, who tries to do the right thing even, as he feels like his enemy¿s blitz has sacked him several times. Ace Atkins scores with his second mystery that provides readers an entertaining tale that educates the audience on a part of Americana.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second Nick Travers book I've read. This is an excellent non exmilitary character with tons of action. I think Nick Travers and Quinn Colson would enjoy a few beers together!