About the Author...
Paul Martin is a former book and magazine editor with the National Geographic Society. His writing assignments have taken him to Cuba, Jamaica, England, India, Vietnam, and many other destinations. In the course of his travels, he has walked the Great Wall of China, explored the tombs and temples of ancient Egypt, and run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in a wooden dory. The author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, he has also edited or contributed to more than a dozen other books on history, culture, and science. A Mensan, amateur luthier, and onetime vineyard owner and winemaker, Paul lives near Washington, D.C.
About the Books...
Killin' Floor Blues (November 2020)
News and Reviews...
“This rich, atmospheric thriller follows musicologist detectives into the heart of the blues on the trail of a murderer…. The real joy here comes from Martin’s pitch-perfect evocation of African-American communities and the voices of their residents…. The music jumps off the page…. Characters also come alive in the scenes….” —Publishers Weekly
“A tale of murder, mystery, mayhem, and music that both entertains and educates…. Martin captures the atmosphere of the period perfectly, and the dialogue rings just as true…. Killin’ Floor Blues makes for an intriguing and enlightening read from start to finish.” —San Francisco Book Review (4.5 Stars)
“A revelation. Brings the early blues greats and their times to life. I can’t wait to read Martin’s next book!” —Jeffrey Meyerriecks, renowned classical and jazz guitarist
“Paul Martin knows his stuff. This is a fascinating tale of music and race during the Great Depression. There’s a lot of great history of Blues packed into this murder mystery.” —Kelly Oliver, bestselling author of the Fiona Figg Mysteries
“Martin’s knowledge of and admiration for the talented, mostly self-taught musicians earning a few dollars against great odds shows through…. An honest page-turner.” —Historical Novels Review
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