The death of an old jazz musician, the axman for legends like Bobby Blue Bland and King Curtis, sounds the blue note of this dazzling novel, narrated in the blunt and vigorous idiom of California noir but full of compassion for marginal people whose rights are trampled upon by power brokers."
—NEW YORK TIMES "Notable Book" Listing
". . . one of the three or four best American crime novels I've ever read."
—Patrick Anderson, Washington Post