Thursday, January 26, 2012
Black Orchid Blues by Persia Walker
When crime reporter turned society columnist Lanie Price gets invited to the Cinnamon Club, she becomes witness to a vicious massacre and the kidnapping of “Black Orchid,” a towering, talented drag queen best known for her bawdy banter, commanding stage presence and sexy lyrical delivery. Was the singer kidnapped for revenge or money? And what is the performer’s true past? Impressive and fast-paced, Walker’s mystery features both gritty and glitzy views of 1920s Harlem and an assembly of deftly developed characters ranging from the hypocritical to the sympathetic and sinister.