The Blue Girl Murders
By Dan Riker
Three beautiful blue-eyed natural blonde young women are found decapitated with their naked bodies painted blue in the style of ancient Mayan human sacrifices. For 22-year old NICK PRESCOTT, the Baltimore bureau manager for United Press International, the sensational murders are great stories that have advanced his career. But MAURY ANTONELLI, at 24, the youngest detective sergeant in Homicide, has nightmares about his inability to solve them.
THE BLUE GIRL MURDERS, a historical mystery novel of 96,000 words, a page of the music featured in the novel, and Afterword, is set in still-segregated Baltimore in 1966, with cameo appearances of historical figures such as Spiro Agnew, Maj. Gen. George Gelston, and Theodore McKeldin, against the backdrop and themes of a year of great change in culture, music, politics and social mores, of transition from the idealistic early 60s to the more disillusioned and cynical second half of the decade.
The Vietnam War is escalating. Drug use is skyrocketing. There are the miniskirt and the bikini, but also, women’s liberation. Racial tension is exploding into violence in many cities, and Baltimore’s black population seethes over white racist demonstrations, the “black power” calls of militants, and a racially-tinged gubernatorial campaign.
The emotional, sexually-charged and fast-paced story is a mystery, a tragedy, and the story of two talented young men tackling increasing responsibilities, while sorting out personal challenges. It is told in the third person through the points of view of Prescott and Antonelli, whose paths converge as the story develops until they are friends and join forces.