Burnt-out journalist Heck Davis has switched to a new career as a blues musician, but seeing his reporter pal gunned down at the 38th parallel drives him back into the fray. Dodging attempts on his own life, the bourbon-drinking, Bible-quoting, black-talking son of a white Mississippian father and Korean mother searches for answers in Kim Jong-un’s North Korea. What he finds in that heart of darkness is an apocalyptic conspiracy.
Beautifully written, riveting in subject matter and plot and so timely it’s positively eerie, Nuclear Blues will appeal to lovers of conspiracy, espionage, political and financial thrillers as well as to fans of action & adventure, international mystery & crime and literary fiction. With its factual background (the author wrote the leading comprehensive history of North Korea), it will appeal to readers of current history looking for a fascinating and plausible answer to the question of how the current crisis may play out. Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son, calls it “an epic thriller from the man who wrote the book on North Korea.”
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Growing up in the U.S. South, Bradley K. Martin weighed career goals ranging from preacher to president. He ended up becoming a foreign correspondent, historian and — now — novelist. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand before starting his reporting career on the Charlotte Observer. The two-time Pulitzer nominee has been bureau chief in Asia for the Baltimore Sun, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Asia Times and Asian Financial Intelligence. For Bloomberg News he was chief North Korea watcher. Since 1979 he has made seven reporting trips to North Korea. He’s the author of Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty, which won the Asia-Pacific Special Book Prize — and which the New York Review of Books called “simply the best book ever written about North Korea.” Nuclear Blues, his new novel set in North Korea, was conceived as a fiction sequel to his earlier nonfiction work. He has taught journalism as a visiting professor at Ohio University, Louisiana State University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, California State University, Fresno, and the University of Iowa. Currently a contributor to Asia Times, he is working on new books.