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Red Hot Blues

Red Hot Blues

Artie Cohen Mysteries (Volume 1)

Reggie Nadelson

Minotaur Books

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Artie Cohen is a good-looking New York City cop with a taste for women and jazz and no intention of looking back to the past he left behind twenty-five years earlier in Moscow. In Red Hot Blues, he is faced with a case that leaves him no choice but to confront that past. When a former KGB general is shot dead on live TV, Artie is compelled to take the case; the general was a friend of his father's. Artie doesn't have to go far until he is led into the heart of the Brighton Beach mafia, where the most lethal weapon on the street is rumored to be an elusive substance known as Red Mercury - an atomic weapon that has the terrifying advantage of being pocket-sized. Artie stumbles upon a radioactive trail of atomic smuggling that leads all the way back to Moscow. For Artie to solve this case, he must reclaim his past and return to the home he left behind. It is in Moscow that he finds love, tragedy, and the truth.

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Praise for Red Hot Blues

"The novel works on multiple levels: as a suspense-filled thriller; as an atmosphere-drenched look at Russian noir; and as an introduction to a captivating new hard-boiled hero." - Booklist

"Fast-moving action, a scary scenario, and hidden backgrounds." - Library Journal

"A mine of taut, snappy writing... The times they are a-changin', and Nadelson has her finger on the pulse." - The London Times Saturday

"A Maltese Falcon of a plot and an atmospherically decadent Moscow." - The Guardian

"A ripping yarn." - The London Observer

"What is good about the novel is the slickness and quality of Nadelson's writing, and her capacity to create atmosphere: the dialogue and the streets, apartments and dachas of New York and Moscow fairly zing with life." - The Daily Telegraph

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About the author

Reggie Nadelson

A journalist and documentary filmmaker, Reggie Nadelson is the author of the Artie Cohen novels, including Londongrad, Fresh Kills, Red Hook, Disturbed Earth, Red Hot Blues, Hot Poppies, Bloody London, and Sex Dolls. Comrade Rockstar, her biography of Dean Reed, the American emigre who became the biggest rock star in the Soviet Union, is under option to Tom Hanks. Born in Greenwich Village, Nadelson now lives in downtown Manhattan.

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