Crazy Rhythm, by T.W. Emory
In “logs to luxury” Broadmoor, the “old” money wasn’t really so old.
Crazy Rhythm (256 pages) is the second mystery by T.W. Emory set in 1950s Seattle and featuring PI Gunnar Nilson. While searching for the killer of a small-time hustler, Gunnar is hired to investigate a series of menacing phone calls made to a wealthy ice princess.
“A robust evocation of 1950s Ballard—back when it was a working-class neighborhood, not a hotbed of hipsters. Hard-boiled private eye Gunnar Nilson investigates, among other cases, the story of a murdered gambler.” Read more….
—Adam Woog for the Seattle Times
“Emory’s first novel vividly evokes the ambiance of classic American hard-boiled crime writing.” —Publishers Weekly
“Emory skillfully evokes this era of class distinctions and gender inequity. [….] I was happy to be plunged into Nilson’s tale in the 1950s.” —Historical Novel Society
In the summer of 1950, private eye Gunnar Nilson reluctantly agrees to accompany Rune Granholm on an errand to collect gambling winnings. When Gunnar arrives at Rune’s Wallingford apartment, he finds the man dead, shot with his own gun. No one much cared for the caddish ne’er-do-well, but Gunnar feels he owes it to Rune’s brother, a good friend and casualty of World War II, to find the killer. When a paying client arrives, Gunnar puts this investigation aside.
Attorney Ethan Calmer wants him to investigate a series of phone calls menacing his fiancée, Mercedes Atwood. Mercedes lives in Broadmoor, a tony neighborhood occupied by Seattle’s moneyed class, many of whom are descended from lumber barons. A poor little rich girl, Mercedes is beautiful but strangely passionless.
Then, like the hula-girl lamp in the apartment of the late and unlamented Rune, Mercedes shows him her moves. Gunnar soon wonders if the two cases might be connected in some way, but how, exactly?
Says T.W., “The puzzle-solving aspect of detective fiction is one of its chief appeals, and with this book I sought to write a mystery that was a whodunit and also somewhat of a ‘What the hell happened,’ as one mystery writer once phrased it.”
Born into a blue collar family in Seattle, Washington, and raised in the suburbs of the greater Seattle area, T.W. Emory has been an avid reader since his early teens. In addition to writing, T.W. enjoys cartooning as a hobby and provided the illustrations for the covers of Trouble in Rooster Paradise and Crazy Rhythm. He currently lives north of Seattle with his wife and two sons. For more information, go to www.twemoryauthor.com.
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