Cahokia Jazz

Cahokia Jazz

Fiction, General Fiction
Hardback Published on: 05/10/2023
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Cahokia Jazz
Cahokia Jazz Stands Out as the Definitive Golden Age Thriller!
A rich and spell binding example of world building that pulls you in and perfectly evokes a golden age of intrigue and a masterclass in crime writing that ... READ MORE
Steven at Bluewater


In a city that never was, in an America that never was, on a snowy night at the end of winter, two detectives find a body on the roof of a skyscraper. It's 1922, and Americans are drinking in speakeasies, dancing to jazz, stepping quickly to the tempo of modern times. Beside the Mississippi, the ancient city of Cahokia lives on - a teeming industrial metropolis, containing every race and creed. Among them, peace holds. Just about. But that body on the roof is about to spark off a week that will spill the city's secrets, and bring it, against a soundtrack of wailing clarinets and gunfire, either to destruction or rebirth. The multiple-award-winning Francis Spufford returns, with a lovingly created, richly pleasure-giving, epically scaled tale set in the golden age of wicked entertainments.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571336876
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Weight: 733g
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 35 mm

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Cahokia Jazz
St Louis Blues and Cahokia Reds
Cahokia Mounds, just east of St Louis Missouri, is the site of the largest pre-Columbus settlement north of Mexico. Francis Spufford’s new novel imagines ... READ MORE
Andrew Twijfel
Cahokia Jazz
Not Great
Cahokia Jazz had been likened to a classic film noir, so I was really looking forward to it Unfortunately I found it very two dimensional and formulaic ... READ MORE
Jo Weston
Cahokia Jazz
Wonderfully paced and beautifully realised alternate history mystery
Alternate history is often an intriguing prospect in fiction; novels like “The Man in the High Castle” portray a very different world affected by major cha... READ MORE
Wil Carpenter
Cahokia Jazz
Another excellent novel from one the most interesting authors around.
Francis Spufford's Booker longlisted and RSL Encore winning second novel "Light Perpetual" left me with complex feelings. One on hand it was, for me, ... READ MORE
Graham Fulcher
Cahokia Jazz
The Roaring Twenties Rewired
A literary writer venturing into crime fiction for the first time. An alternative history featuring a heavy dose of First American vs African vs Caucasian ... READ MORE
Trevelyan wright
Cahokia Jazz
A Compelling, Well Written Noir Crime Novel set in the 1920s
A magnificent novel, set in a different version of the America we now know. Very dark at times but absolutely necessary for a story of murder, corruption, ... READ MORE
Gillian M
Cahokia Jazz
Cahokia Jazz- a murder different to the current popular ones
I have read a dew of Francis Spufford’s books- some I Like, some I don’t. And this is one I liked. I found the relationship between the 2 main characters B... READ MORE
Sally Ashwood
Cahokia Jazz
A pacy gritty crime unlike the popular cosyncrimes around
I have read a dew of Francis Spufford’s books- some I Like, some I don’t. And this is one I liked. I found the relationship between the 2 main characters B... READ MORE
Sally Ashwood
Cahokia Jazz
Great writing but couldn't quite see the point..
Having read Spufford’s brilliant Golden Hill some years ago I knew he was a writer of quality and was delighted to have received a free copy of this book f... READ MORE
Laura Taylor
Cahokia Jazz
Moving , interesting and exciting read.
Having never read this author before I had no idea what to expect and it took a while to get into the story after the initial exciting chapters. Getting my... READ MORE
Cahokia Jazz
Not for the faint hearted
Francis Spufford’s description of 1920’s Cahokia instantly propels the reader into a world unknown to many of us and where dark arts abound and the heros ... READ MORE
Caroline Moran