A classic, hard-boiled novel of the Jazz scene…back in print for the first time in 70 years!
Dupree is a hot trombone player who plays his music from his heart. Then he meets Betty, a singer whose sweet music comes from her aching desire. What she wants is a diamond ring, but if he gets it for her, it will cost him much more than money, plunging him into a whirlpool of sex, betrayal, gambling and murder.
“When a man is addicted to liquor and hot music, he will not necessarily get into trouble. But add a beautiful blonde — and he is doomed.” Hartford Courant
“A tightly composed, tense story.” Associated Press
“The novel is brief, earthy, and completely convincing with the strong flavor of the tawdry, entertainment underworld.” Atlanta Journal
Dale Curran / Jazz Fiction, Literary Fiction