When Ronnie invites her friend and mentor Blackie Coogan to join her at the comeback concert of Match Margolis, the greatest tenor sax and jazz composer alive, she is not expecting a final very final performance. Match seems to owe money all round town, but some very powerful figures illogically don't seem to want to call in the debt. Much to the annoyance of Lieutenant PhWhen Ronnie invites her friend and mentor Blackie Coogan to join her at the comeback concert of Match Margolis, the greatest tenor sax and jazz composer alive, she is not expecting a final very final performance. Match seems to owe money all round town, but some very powerful figures illogically don't seem to want to call in the debt. Much to the annoyance of Lieutenant Philly Post, Ronnie is retained by Sharon, Match's flamboyant and younger second wife, and finds herself entwined with San Francisco's shady underworld as the mystery deepens. Death strikes again, and Ronnie herself is in real danger. But from whom? And where and when will the murderer next strike?...
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Death Notes Reviews
[Public Library copy]I liked this crime/mystery story. The protagonist, Ronnie Ventana, is an energetic and believable character. She's a San Francisco PI who goes to a jazz performance given by an Match Margolis coming out of retirement. He had been a friend of her father's (a cat burglar), although this is Ronnie's first time meeting Margolis. Then the old master dies at her feet after playing the last set. He's been knifed. Rumor begins that he whispered dying words to her that named his murderer. Ronnie becomes a target, and is implicated even more by the man's wife, who hires her for avaricious reasons. While Ronnie tries to sort out the lies her client has told her, and diffuse the rumors about her supposed knowledge, she has to interview his old friends, who are connected with the underworld, the members of his new band, and his two grown children. The assortment of personalities and body types is terrific, and each character comes alive with their foibles, harshness or frailties. During all this, Ronnie learns more about Margolis, including who killed him and why. White's descriptions of the physical and emotional characteristics of people is excellent. It seemed she expresses in a few lines what other authors (myself included) take paragraphs to achieve. I was also pleased that the story hung together so well. I never asked myself "Why is she doing that?" or "She should realize by now..." Good rendering of music and the ambiance it creates.
I saved this book as a treat for myself, for a day when I finally had time to sit in my giant reading chair next to the window and just inhale it in one huge gulp. Wound up being two gulps, but that just made it all the better. Great SF night life, great ragged-ass P.I., more ex-boxer Blackie Cooper (per my complaints from the previous book) and just overall delicious. The last quarter lags for only about 15 pages or so, then the ending is just perfect.