Really the Blues
Paris in 1941 is a very dangerous place for jazz trumpeter and New Orleans native Eddie Piron. While other Nazi “undesirables” lay low, Eddie continues to lead the band in “negermusik” at La Caverne Negre. But when both a guest piano player and his regular drummer come to brutal ends, and then a couple of American tourists begin investigating his own past, more than the jazz gets hot. Eddie’s luck with women is no better. His upper crust girlfriend’s discoveries prove her undoing. A woman linked to both dead men has an unidentifiable accent and activities that lead back to a British-funded spy network. Trapped and on the run, Eddie must choose sides and find loyalty. 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.