Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Jazz Cage - Review

The Jazz CageThe Jazz Cage by Ray Chen Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Prohibition-era mobsters collide with Underground Railroad abolitionists in The Jazz Cage.

It is 1924—sixty years after the South’s victory in the Civil War.

Frank McCluey, bounty hunter for the mob, is sent to help out a wealthy Virginian bootlegger. Frank’s job: track down two female slaves who’ve run away from the millionaire.

But the mob has made a bad choice. Instead of capturing the women, Frank decides to help them escape to Canada, his mission now aided by the pint-sized but steel-willed runaway Della and the outlawed Underground Railroad.

Soon Della and Frank become the target of slave catchers, cops, gangsters, and most chilling of all, a Confederate agent nicknamed the Hound for his ability to always sniff out and kill his prey.

Before I review the story can I just comment on the book itself? My copy is in paperback and it would make anyone pro ebooks. Why? Papercuts. Both hands.
Now before anyone starts thinking I'm dumb for not being able to hold a book without hurting myself lets move on.

"It's the roaring twenties, sixty years after the South won the Civil War."
What could go wrong?
Well nothing really just that I could have used a bigger reminder that the South won. It's kind of hard going from everything I know and try to get into something that's not.

I'm not saying it was confusing, not at all, it's really well put together. It has all the history a historical fiction reader needs.

The story is great, I've never read anything like it and it will totally wrap you up in the story (once you suspend reality) I just don't think I'll be remembering it in a few weeks.

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