Reach the Shining River

Reach the Shining River

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Kansas City, 1935. Emmett Whelan, an idealistic county prosecutor who has left behind his Irish roots and married into the country club set, takes on the city's corrupt political machine when he investigates the brutal murder of a black musician. As Emmett probes the case and meets another outsider, a black jazz singer Arlene Gray, he discovers the city's underbelly of racism and criminality. His personal life deteriorates. The closer he gets to the heart of the corruption, the more he sees that it is deeper and closer than he has ever suspected. And when the truth unfolds - about the killings, the machine, Emmett's wife - a surprising and devastating climax reverberates at every level of the city.
"Reach the Shining River" is an urban crime drama about money, race, and class. Tense and full of memorable characters, it has the smell of a big river, the atmosphere of 1930s America, and a soundtrack that is pure jazz and blues.
"With the rhythm and cadence of the prose, echoing the blues soundtrack that underscored the whole book, Stevens easily achieved that balance between crime fiction and literary fiction due to his exceptional characterization and engaging prose." -Raven Crime Reads
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Product details

  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 18mm | 390g
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0992655250
  • 9780992655259
  • 2,879,032

About Kevin Stevens

Kevin Stevens is the author of two novels published by Simon & Schuster UK, "Song for Katya" and "The Rizzoli Contract", and of two children's books. "The Cops Are Robbers", his true crime account of New England's largest bank burglary, was made into an NBC Movie of the Week. Kevin lives in Dublin and Boston and writes about jazz and American politics for The Irish Times and other publications.
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