a great review via http://www.killerbooks.org/
This month's Killer Books
THE RAGTIME FOOL by Larry Karp
recommended by Bill Farley, Seattle Mystery Bookstore, Seattle, WA
As with the two earlier books, there's a murder mystery involved here. This time the author uses a clever device of giving Brun a neighbor who's a science fiction author to speculate on possible solutions to the crime. But this story turns into a genuine thriller, too, as the journal becomes sought not just by Campbell, but by Joplin's daughter (or is she?), former musician friends, the Ku Klux Klan, and a teenager from New Jersey. (I don't think I'm forgetting anybody.) Some of them want to promote the journal, and some want to bury it. Some will literally kill for it.
Once again, Larry Karp presents an authentic view of the time period, when in many parts of our country bigotry was as commonplace and blatant in the 1950's as in 1916 (King) or the turn of the 20th Century (Kid). In the process he can't resist a couple of real gotchas. You'll know them when you see them.
If you haven't read the first two, start with them, then enjoy The Ragtime Fool.
Larry Karp will be at The Poisoned Pen in June along with author Simon Wood, as well as doing a solo appearance in Glendale at The Velma Teague library. Check www.poisonedpen.com/event-calendar for details.