Sam Blackman, former military CIA officer, and his lover, Nakayla Robertson, have set up a
detective agency in Nashville, Tennessee.
Their first client is Ethel Barkley, an elderly woman from a local retirement home. She
claims to have an unpublished manuscript by F. Scott Fitzgrerald in her lockbox. She wants
Blackman to retrieve the lockbox so she can return the manuscript to Fitzgerald's heirs.
Before he can retrieve the manuscript his office is broken into, the security guard killed
and the lockbox stolen. It seems that the manuscript contains information about an American
fascist organization that flourished in the 1930s and may have roots in the present.
Sam and Nakayla have to look into the past to find the connection to the murder and theft.
They become the target of a Blackwater mercenary with whom Blackman had dealings in his
military past. Before the two have made much progress Ethel Barclay is murdered. They must
escalate their search for the reason behind this murder before any further tragedy occurs.
The Fitzgerald Ruse is the story of past history and its influence on a famous
writer. The combination of Blackman and Robertson is a good one with comfortable banter
between the two, The glimpses of Scott Fitzgerald are intriguing. The background of the
history of the American fascist movement is informative. This is a little known or researched
This is the second Blackman novel and we hope for more in the future.