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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Koenig Narrator: Kevin Kenerly Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9781483009155
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Eddie Piron thinks that performing in jazz clubs in Nazi-occupied Paris is bad enough, but when the drummer in his band is found facedown in the Seine and the police start asking questions, he realizes that his trouble is just beginning.

Paris, 1941. American jazz musician Eddie Piron has lived in the City of Light since before the war began. But Paris under occupation is not what it once was, and things are looking a lot darker for a man like Eddie. The great jazz artists of the day, like Django Reinhardt, are lying low or being swept away under the racial policies of the Nazis. But the SS has a paradoxical taste for the “Negermusik,” and their favorite gathering place is La Caverne Negre, where Eddie leads the band.

One night the drummer for “Eddie et Ses Anges” disappears. When his body is found in the Seine the next day, Eddie becomes entangled in the murder investigation. He soon himself in the clutches of a mercenary intelligence broker who discovers why Eddie Piron is really in Paris—and what he’s really hiding.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Joseph Koenig evokes the claustrophobic menace of the era in a voice as mournful as the best jazz, dark and colorful as a ’40s film noir.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Details, crisp and crackling dialogue, and vibrant characters bring occupied Paris and her citizens to life. The story flies along at a breathless pace as tension mounts, builds, and never lets up. An instant classic noir. Highly recommended.”

    Historical Novels Review

  • “France in 1941 provides the colorful backdrop for this accomplished stand-alone from Edgar finalist Koenig…[An] absorbing portrayal of life under the German occupation.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Koenig’s new mystery highlights race and religious relations in the war-torn French capital…A sophisticated plot, quick pace, and engaging characters make this historical noir a standout.”

    Library Journal

  • “Koenig makes good use of Paris under the occupation, and Eddie, apolitical but drawn into the maelstrom when he becomes involved with a woman in the Resistance, makes a fine lead character, in the manner of Alan Furst’s reluctant heroes.”


  • “A sweet gig at a Paris jazz club gets bollixed up when the drummer and his gal commit suicide … or was it murder?…Grounding his subtle and complex thriller in rewardingly nuanced characters, Koenig creates an atmospheric world and delivers a series of satisfying surprises.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Joseph Koenig is a crime writer whose novel Floater was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel in 1987. He followed his debut with three more novels in close succession, culminating with Brides of Blood in 1993. After a twenty-year absence, his critically acclaimed False Negative marked his return to publishing in 2012.

About the Narrator

Kevin Kenerly, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, earned a BA degreeat Olivet College. A longtime member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has acted in fifteen seasons, playing dozens of roles.