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Cahokia Jazz (Hardback)Francis Spufford (author)
From the author of Golden Hill comes an exhilarating story of murder by the Mississippi as the fictitious town of Cahokia spills over into recrimination and violence when a corpse is found on the roof of a skyscraper.
In a city that never was, in an America that never was, on a snowy night at the end of winter, two detectives find a body on the roof of a skyscraper.
It's 1922, and Americans are drinking in speakeasies, dancing to jazz, stepping quickly to the tempo of modern times. Beside the Mississippi, the ancient city of Cahokia lives on - a teeming industrial metropolis, containing every race and creed.
Among them, peace holds. Just about. But that body on the roof is about to spark off a week that will spill the city's secrets, and bring it, against a soundtrack of wailing clarinets and gunfire, either to destruction or rebirth.
The multiple-award-winning Francis Spufford returns, with a lovingly created, richly pleasure-giving, epically scaled tale set in the golden age of wicked entertainments.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 733 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 35 mm
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