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Cahokia Jazz: A Novel By Francis Spufford Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668025451
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Published: Scribner - February 6th, 2024

This is speculative noir for readers of all stripes: classic hardboiled fiction fans, history buffs, worldbuilding junkies and “what-if” questioners. In the bustling metropolis of Cahokia, in an alternate vision of Jazz Age America in which Native populations were never decimated by European diseases, a municipal rooftop becomes the stage for a grisly and theatrical murder. As fallout from the crime threatens to plunge the city into chaos, we follow a classically conflicted detective–himself an outsider in this place, unsure if he ought to be a cop or a pianist–as he chases the case through underground speakeasies to the halls of power in this richly imagined, vividly rendered city. This book is a brain-tingling good time; I couldn’t wait to get back to Cahokia every time real life interrupted.