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The Ragtime Fool

A Ragtime Mystery

Larry Karp


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (3/31/2010)
Paperback (4/1/2010)
Paperback, Large Print (4/1/2010)
Audio Cassette (4/1/2010)
MP3 CD (4/1/2010)
Compact Disc (8/1/2012)
Compact Disc (4/1/2010)


It's 1951, and ragtime is making a comeback. In Sedalia, Missouri, plans are underway for a ceremony to honor Scott Joplin.

Brun Campbell, the old Ragtime Kid, is working to establish Joplin's legacy. Brun learns of a journal Joplin kept and wants to show it to Sedalia's movers and shakers, hoping to persuade them to set up a ragtime museum.

Unfortunately for Brun, author/historian Rudi Blesh is determined to publish the journal. But Joplin's old friend wants to suppress the material. Even worse, two Sedalia Klansmen are hot after the journal and don't care if they have to kill someone to get it. What's one murder, compared to the Klansmen's grand plan to blow up the high school auditorium with its integrated audience during the ceremony?

In the middle of this imbroglio is Alan Chandler, a 17-year-old pianist in love with ragtime. If Alan can stay alive, he may be able to prevent catastrophe and learn what it really means to be Black in 1950s America.

Praise For The Ragtime Fool: A Ragtime Mystery

"As usual, Karp populates his book with nearly as many historical characters as fictional ones, many of whom will be familiar to readers who enjoyed the earlier books. Ragtime remains central to the series, both in terms of its ambience and its plots, making the trilogy a must recommendation to fans of jazz and American roots music."  -- Booklist

"In the final volume of his Ragtime trilogy (The King of Ragtime, 2008, etc.), Karp seamlessly weaves real people like Campbell into an interesting historical yarn with a whodunit kicker."  -- Kirkus Reviews

"Karp handles the intricate plot well, but the best part of the book is its picture of people torn between what they want to forget and what they need to remember." -- Publisher's Weekly


Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590586990, 303pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2010

About the Author

Larry has written long and short nonfiction, practiced perinatal medicine, and restored and collected antique music boxes. He and his wife have lived in Seattle for thirty years and counting. They have two grown children.