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Top Story, Killer Tune
on 19 September 2007
"Music's not 'a living' boy. Music is living."
Dreda Say Mitchell's gripping second novel reads like the work of an expert musician. A lyrical masterpiece, the prose is heaped with easy flowing imagery so that the words seem to sing from the page. The intricately crafted, hard-hitting narrative, with its baseline beat of 70s racism, is delivered complete with its own soundtrack featuring amongst others the artist and composers Vivaldi, Junior Murvin, Natalie Cole, T-Rex and Bob Marley. You'll be humming along to the Killer Tunes for weeks.
The life of rap sensation, Lord Tribulation (LT for short), is thrown into turmoil following the suspicious death of his much-loved father, King Stir It Up, and the firebombing of a house by a 15-year-old youth as he listens to LT's latest hit. A smear cmpaign in the press aligning his music to violence puts the kibosh on the recording contract LT had hoped to sign. But it is the reappearance of his childhood sweetheart that motivates him into finding out the truth behind his father's death. In the race to find the KIng's best jacket, LT and Bernie are exposed to the racist violence of the 1976 Notting Hill carnival through a series of cleverly hidden tapes that explain the King's secret past. A past that could catch up with them and see them dead.
Killer Tune is a brilliant, engaging, suspense-filled second novel from an exceptionally talented author with a unique and exciting voice. I can't recommend it enough.