Tinsley Ellis, an Atlanta blues singer and guitarist, founded The Heartfixers in 1981, and carried that band to regional fame before leaving for a solo career, releasing recordings with Alligator Records, the groundbreaking blues record label. His new album was released on his own label, Heartfixer Music. You can learn more about Tinsley and his music here.
I snapped the photo last fall when my wife Patricia and I met him on a Legendary Rhythm and Blues cruise in the Caribbean. Like us, Liam Mulligan, the hero of my crime novels, is a big blues fan, listening to the likes of Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro and BB King as he cruises around New England exposing bad guys.
The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as he starts asking questions, he gets push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.
To order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.