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Bluestone Rondo

Walker Smith

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ISBN 10: 0990499618 / ISBN 13: 9780990499619
Published by Sonata Books, 2014
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Title: Bluestone Rondo

Publisher: Sonata Books

Publication Date: 2014

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First.

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An edgy, racial adaptation of Cain and Abel, set to
  a score of modern Jazz, obsession, and revenge.
In 1927, the wife of a black Mississippi tenant farmer gives birth to unusual twins--Calvin, who is dark, and Joe, who is light enough to pass for white. As they grow up, the boys learn that color is worth more than brotherhood in the Jim Crow South, and they fall into a trap that was set for them by generations of racial discord. After a violent fight, Joe disappears and Calvin is convicted for his murder.

By the time Joe makes his way to New York to begin life as a white man, Birdland has just opened, Jazz is king, and the entertainment industry is in a cold-sweat panic over Joseph McCarthy's Blacklist. Joe auditions for months and finally lands a singing gig with a bebop band. He meets and marries Magda, a Greek studio violinist, who beguiles him with her blue eyes and broken English. Over time, Joe develops and unexpected bond with black trumpet player Doc Calhoun, who sees through his racial masquerade. And at Doc's side is the unforgettable Pearl, a paradox of wisdom, beauty, and heroin addiction.

As Joe's fear of exposure takes a turn for the irrational, he begins to see his brother in the shadows, and can't escape the non-stop radio reports of blacklisted witnesses "naming names."

Bluestone Rondo is a story of life-and-death choices--a Jazz masterpiece of love and hate that leads to two volatile plot twists and one fatal showdown.

From the Author:

The Walker Smith Experience:

From page one, you are hooked...
The year is 1952. You are in a luxury hotel suite high above the city lights of Chicago. The song playing on the radio is at odds with the tension you already feel. You see every detail of the room--atmospheric lights and shadows playing at the window curtains, a broken glass on the floor. You see a face; his name is Joe. He seems a nice enough guy until you notice his vacant expression and see the gun in his hand. A radio news report has rattled him. By the time you turn to page two, you want to know why... What happened? And how in the world did he end up here?
This opening scene from Bluestone Rondo illustrates the non-linear writing style of Walker Smith. The tension builds by way of revelations that come at you in unexpected waves. This scene is revisited three times over the course of the novel, each scene providing a missing piece to the surprising outcome.
With an ear for dialects and a talent for revealing the inner gears of her characters' minds and emotions, Smith sometimes reveals their duplicity in brief glimpses, and other times in telling, graphic scenes. The sinners are capable of heroism, and the saints dabble in deception. They are at once guilty and innocent, unique individuals that defy racial, religious, and social stereotypes. Once you are completely immersed in the joys and sorrows of their complex lives, you begin to notice the surroundings in their world--a rich and accurate tapestry of current events and their impact. Through the eyes of the characters, you find yourself walking the pages of history, in real time. You are there.
Unusual plot twists, unforgettable characters, historical accuracy, and unguessable endings. A high-torque ride in a time machine. That is the Walker Smith Experience.

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