Elder and a young man named Isaac have been staging pop-up concerts since Elder sold the bar. He’s mentoring Isaac, who wants a career in promoting music.
Marina, Elder’s former cook, and Rasmussen Carter once had a fling, but now Marina is marrying Dan Burton, Elder Darrow’s Homicide detective friend. At a pop-up, Burton asks Elder to look into what happened to Carter, ostensibly to ease Marina’s mind. Burton also has a sense Marina still has feelings for Carter and he can’t investigate himself because Marina will think he’s trying to interfere. Elder refuses to get involved.
Then Carter is killed in the hospital, and Marina herself asks Elder to look into it. He agrees this time. Meanwhile, Burton investigates the beating death of Alfonso Deal-Jones, Sweetie Bogan’s lover. Elder thinks Carter may have killed Alfonso. But it turns out Alfonso was killed while Carter was in the hospital.
Burton discovers Alfonso was setting up a cocaine deal with Edward Dare, the assistant thug to Frank Vinson, a major New Orleans gangster. Vinson sends Dare to other cities to find him arm candy, femal musicians and singers, since everyone in New Orleans knows what a thug he is and refuses to deal with him. However, Frank Vinson is death on drugs. If he finds out Dare has been playing with a drug deal, Dare is likely to die.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR AN ELDER DARROW MYSTERY SERIES:
“Atmospheric and dark, In Solo Time by Richard J. Cass rivets you with live jazz, memorable characters, and a series of murders that point to Big Politics played by the best—Boston’s cut-throat wealthy. From police work to tangled love affairs, this killer of a reading ride will entertain and haunt you.”
— Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins and The Book of Spies
“Dick Cass’s version of noir Boston is dark and beautiful as a back alley after a morning rain. In Solo Time offers another few hours inside the head of Elder Darrow, who may be one of the most interesting bar owners you’ll have the pleasure of meeting. I half-expected Spenser and Hawk to wander into the shadowy reaches of the Esposito, just looking for answers to a few questions. A good story and graceful writing make for a compelling trip through Boston’s back streets.”
— Gerry Boyle, author of the Jack Mcmorrow and Brandon Blake mysteries