Memphis Mojo

Memphis Mojo by Gerald Duff

by Gerald Duff

A failed Mississippi cotton farmer turned Memphis homicide detective, J.W. Ragsdale and his partner, Tyrone Walker, wrangle with a cowboy preacher, a home invasion, urban gangs, and a killer who sees spirits and converses with the dead. The setting is Memphis, a city haunted by the blues, rock and roll, magic, humor, and violence. J.W. and Tyrone must sort through another spell of mania on the Big River, and bring things back to a low rumble in a town where tough mojo hands, death, and high hilarity come together.

In another of his excellent novels, Gerald Duff has written a gritty crime novel that will appeal to readers of crime fiction as well as those who appreciate literary art. Press Release "There is no time to relax in this story; events morph into conflicts, then crises on several fronts and seemingly isolated pathways in the novel begin to converge unexpectedly in a swelling suspense. Then comes the surprise ending." —Harold Raley, author of Louisiana Rogue

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About the Author

Gerald DuffGerald Duff has published a total of 18 books, including novels, collections of short stories and poems, and books of nonfiction.

Duff's work has won the Cohen Prize for Fiction from Ploughshares and the St. Andrews Prize for Poetry, and has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, an Edgar Allen Poe Award, and an International eBook Award. His first novel, Indian Giver, was a finalist for the Great Lakes Colleges Association First Novel Award, and his recent book, Fire Ants, was a finalist for the Jesse Jones Award 2007 Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. His stories have been cited in the Best American Short Fiction, the Pushcart Prizes, and the Editors’ Choice: The Best American Fiction.

Duff grew up in two parts of Texas: the petro-chemical area of the Gulf Coast, and the pine barrens of Deep East Texas, which made for two-mindedness and a bifurcated view of the world, as he demonstrates in his fiction. His characters are deeply rooted both in the past and in the present, and they struggle fiercely and comically in a quest to achieve escape velocity from places which are not their homes.

Duff has worked as a hand in the oil fields and the cotton fields, as a janitor, a TV camera man, a professor of English, a college dean, and as a bit actor in television drama. He has made up stories all his life and written wherever he’s been. He’s still doing that.

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