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Author: Rupert Holmes
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rights: UK and Comm excluding Canada
Pub. Date: 21st July 2008
1940, San Francisco. Ray Sherwood has arrived in town on tour with the Jack Donovan Orchestra and plenty of bad memories. But in meeting two women on the same day Ray is shaken out of his stupor. One of the women, Gail, wants his help in orchestrating her avant-garde composition Swing Around the Sun, the other will plunge to her death just moments after speaking to him.
As there is more to Gail's motivations than meets the eye, Ray is pulled along a trail of music, murder and espionage against the backdrop of America preparing for war.
'Unexpected and exciting'Sunday Telegraph
'Smart and impressively elaborate...a sophisticated foray into musical mystery plotting'New York Times
'Murder, romance, mystery and a very good yarn set within a musical background...this talented writer has produced a colourful, imaginative and most engrossing tale'Crescendo & Jazz Music
'As a thriller it combines the ingenuity of the traditional detective story with the espionage melodrama pitched midway between Richard Hannay and James Bond...[It is] a gentle exercise in nostalgia as well as an edgy page-turner'The Jazz Rag
'A clever plot, believable people...and witting writing'Morning Star
'Superb plot...terrific characters. Holmes is a master at his craft'Gateway
'Espionage, witty dialogue, war tensions and intrigue combine to provide a dense and entertaining read.' ... 'The Big Band Swing era is brought to life with impressive period detail, and the twisting plot keeps the reader on their toes right up to the climax.'Historical Novels Review
‘What ensues is a musical mystery that blends noir with edgy nostalgia. Holmes has loaded his second novel with sass and suspense, creating a beguiling thriller about bi-band America on the cusp of World War II.’Good Book Guide