A boy firebombs a building as he listens to Vivaldi's Winter Concerto splicing. A musician is found dead in an alley. Rap sensation Lord Tribulation finds himself in the middle of both incidents. The dead musician is his father. His search for the truth takes him back to an old flame. As he gets closer to the truth it could lead to his own murder.
A fifteen-year-old boy firebombs a building as he listens to Vivaldi's Winter Concerto splicing behind a red hot R 'n' B track. A veteran musician is found dead in an alley with the pulse of an old time reggae classic playing in his pocket. Rap sensation Lord Tribulation discovers his new found stardom threatened when he finds himself in the middle of both incidents. His music is accused of inciting the firebombing, and the dead musician is his father. With the beat of the media and government blasting down his neck, LT's search for the truth about his father's death takes him back to an old flame, and on a retro trail to 1976. A time when music was politics and politics was music. A time when the heat-drenched streets of Notting Hill burst into open rebellion. A time that, as LT gets closer to the truth, could lead straight back to his own murder...
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'As good as it gets ... Mitchell is English fiction's brightest newvoice' -- Lee Child 'An interesting, original novel, worth reading, even if you don't get half the references and in real life would block your ears to the noise' -- Literary Review 'KILLER TUNE is a sharply observed, incisive and moving story of radical politics, conflicting loyalties and unfinished business.' -- Guardian 'I look forward to Dreda Say Mitchell's timely new novel, which switches between the contemporary hip-hop scene and the l976 carnival - a time when music was politics and politics was music.' -- Margaret Busby, Independent 'Mitchells' plot is elaborate but tightly played, with a backbeat of racial abuse. Killer Tune lays the breezy muscial name-checking of Hornby's High Fidelity over a well-crafted murder mystery.' -- Financial Times 'Publishing folklore has it that second novels are generally weaker than their predecessors - not Killer Tune, which is a big step up from Running Hot". It makes it encouragingly clear that Dreda Say Mitchell will be a figure in the crime-writing world for the forseeable future.' -- Times Literary Supplement 'Dreda Say Mitchell is an exciting new talent and her second novel, KILLER TUNE, shows her distinctive take on current urban noir... The narrative throbs with energy and has a refreshing directness' -- Sunday Telegraph 'Dreda Say Mitchell confirms her position as a hot new name in crime writing with this taut novel. It's set among London's black music community and has vivid descriptions of the music and a winning central character in rap sensation Lord Tribulation' -- Heat, Read of the Year 'KILLER TUNE is red-hot and both elegant and elegiac it's easily one of the best books I've read this year. Mitchell really is an outstanding talent and I hope her success shows other young black British writers that this is the genre for them' -- reviewtheevidence.co.uk 'Dreda Say Mitchell's second novel, Killer Tune, vividly portraysLondon's black music scene and confirms the promise of her award-winning debut.' -- The Times 'As good as it gets ... Mitchell is English fiction's brightest newvoice' -- Lee Child 'KILLER TUNE is a sharply observed, incisive and moving story of radical politics, conflicting loyalties and unfinished business.' -- Guardian Praise for RUNNING HOT -- : 'A book's "voice" is what determines its greatness and Mitchell's voice is unmistakably great. This is a great London story.' -- Lee Child, Daily Express 'An exciting new voice in urban fiction ... a memorable and striking debut' -- Guardian, Nicholas Clee 'Packed with suspense and fascinating detail about a culture rarely portrayed in fiction ... We need more art like this' -- Christina Patterson, Independent 'Very sharp ... an impressive first book with a strong sense of place and community' -- Sunday Telegraph 'Confidently-paced tale, told in language both lyrical and salty' -- Daily Mail
About Dreda Say Mitchell
Dreda Say Mitchell was born in London's East End in 1965. She has worked as an education consultant and a teacher in both primary and secondary schools. She has a degree in African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a MA in education studies.
Her first novel, RUNNING HOT, was published in 2004 by the Maia Press and won the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first novel.
She loves to travel, with her hot feet taking her as far a field as Cambodia and Laos to the Lebanon and Ethiopia. She especially loves to relax in Grenada where her family are from. She continues to live in east London with her partner, Tony.
Killer Tune by Dreda Say Mitchell
Dreda Say Mitchell
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