I wrote the first Blackstone mystery for a new anthology last week. This story is important in two ways: 1) It is the origin story for the character. 2) The story was written for a memorial anthology in honor of my late friend, Derrick Ferguson. It has already been accepted and will soon appear in the anthology We All Rise.
This short story is titled “Raise Her Heavy Eyes.” The protagonist is Fergus Blackstone, a Jazz Age drummer with a troubled past who plays in a big band in the French Quarter in post-World War II New Orleans. The city is corrupt, violence and racism afflict every day life, and Blackstone decides to stand up and fight back.
This character was created in honor of and named after Derrick Ferguson.