Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Jazz Cage Book Review


I have a new book to tell you about called The Jazz Cage by Ray Chen Smith. This is a totally different type of book than I normally read and I wasn't so sure if I would like it or not in the beginning but the story grew on me and I found myself rooting for the hero and the people he was trying to protect.

Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:
Prohibition-era mobsters collide with Underground Railroad abolitionists in The Jazz Cage. It is 1924—sixty years after the South’s victory in the Civil War.

Frank McCluey, bounty hunter for the mob, is sent to help out a wealthy Virginian bootlegger. Frank’s job: track down two female slaves who’ve run away from the millionaire.

But the mob has made a bad choice. Instead of capturing the women, Frank decides to help them escape to Canada, his mission now aided by the pint-sized but steel-willed runaway Della and the outlawed Underground Railroad.

Soon Della and Frank become the target of slave catchers, cops, gangsters, and most chilling of all, a Confederate agent nicknamed the Hound for his ability to always sniff out and disembowel his prey.
Frank of course, from reading the excerpt, you know he is a bounty hunter who works for the mob, taking care of problems. He went to Viriginia to meet with a man named Raymond who had had two of his slaves run away and he wanted them back. Frank had another man who helped him named Issac, who came from old Virginia money, but he had always wanted to do the right thing regarding the slaves.

Somewhere along the way, Lucky Luciano comes into the picture after hearing about the escaped slaves and wants to get the bounty money for himself. Lucky is also a mobster, always looking out for himself. So, he decided he would track down Frank and kill him and take control of the slaves. He would take them back to claim the money for returning them to their owner, Raymond.

Frank had some help with hiding the two slaves, Della & CeCe, from a man named Levi. He helped them escape by hiding them in a secret place. But, Levi and his helper, Owen was found out and both were killed.

Frank and Isaac helped the women escape again and he took them to a cave that was in Buffalo, New York.

I am going to stop there because I don't want to give too much of the story away. They still encounter some difficulties, as nothing in this life is ever easy. Yow will enjoy reading this book if you love a good story line and a little bit of history thrown in to make it sound more reasonable.

I also went to Ray Chen Smith's website and learned that this is his second book and he will have a third one out soon. If you would like to learn more about Ray Chen Smith, you can visit his website , or his blog to learn more about him and his books. You can also check him out on Goodreads to see what he likes to read and become a fan and follow him.

I did find out one thing that we both agree on and that is we both love James Patterson's books! He calls it a man crush so I guess mine is a woman crush, not for James Patterson himself, but for his books. So, it is nice to see that even authors keep track and read other author's books.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I provided the picture of the book with my trusty old camera.