Paris, 1940. A brilliant jazz musician, Hiero, is arrested
by the Nazis and never heard from again. He is twenty years
old. He is a German citizen. And he is black.
Fifty years later, his friend and fellow musician, Sid, must
relive that unforgettable time, revealing the friendships, love
affairs and treacheries that sealed Hiero''s fate. From the smoky
bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris -- where the
legendary Louis Armstrong makes an appearance -- Sid, with his
distinctive and rhythmic German-American slang, leads the reader
through a fascinating world alive with passion, music and the
spirit of the resistance.
Half-Blood Blues, the second novel by an exceptionally
talented young writer, is an entrancing, electric story about jazz,
race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and
demand of others, in the name of art.