- Publisher: Blood Vintage Press
On a dank night in September, Harlem society reporter Lanie Price is called to the scene of a grisly double murder. The victims: a beloved photographer and a Cotton Club beauty. The suspect: the dead man’s jealous wife. The cops say she did it and an outraged community believes it.
No one but Lanie seems to see the cracks in the case, the telling contradictions. No one else is even faintly interested in the other spouse, a fierce boxer with lethal fists and a convenient alibi backed by a mob-owned manager.
Driven by a promise to the families of the victims, Lanie delves deeper into the case and soon finds her eyes opened to the possibility of a serial killer at work. Pushed to her breaking point, Lanie must question everything she thought she knew about the case and the people in it while facing the hard truth that a relentless predator might go free.
Backdrop to Murder is the third book in the Lanie Price 1920s noir mystery series.