Chicago Blues

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Chicago Blues tells the story of jazz piano player Jimmy Harper and his adventures in Chicago where he descends into the jazz underworld and becomes entangled with a sinister mob boss and with a Negro drag performer. Chicago Blues is Book 2 of Medicine for the Blues, an LGBT historical novel trilogy based on extensive period research of the 1920s. More
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About Jeff Stookey

Growing up in a small town in rural Washington State, Jeff Stookey enjoyed writing stories. He studied literature, history, and cinema at Occidental College, and then got a BFA in Theater from Fort Wright College. In his 40s he retrained in the medical field and worked for years with pathologists, trauma surgeons, and emergency room reports.
Jeff lives in Portland, Oregon, with his longtime partner, Ken, and their unruly garden. Acquaintance is his first novel and Book 1 of Medicine for the Blues. Contact Jeff at

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About the Series: Medicine for the Blues
Medicine for the Blues explores the complexities of gender and sexuality through the historical lens of the early 1920s—a time of jazz, fascination with Freud, and the growing influence of the KKK. The trilogy tells a touching gay love story set against the dramatic backdrop of this influential era.

Acquaintance Book 1 opens in Portland, Oregon, where a homosexual surgeon, Carl Holman, meets an ambitious young jazz piano player, Jimmy Harper, who is questioning his own sexuality, and they struggle with social conventions and widespread political repression.

Chicago Blues Book 2 tells the story of Jimmy Harper’s adventures in Chicago where he descends into the jazz underworld and becomes entangled with a sinister mob boss and a black drag performer.

Dangerous Medicine Book 3 follows Carl Holman’s struggles to navigate his medical career in the face of social and personal obstacles from the KKK, society, and other dangers.

Also in Series: Medicine for the Blues

Reviews of Chicago Blues by Jeff Stookey

TanyaG123 reviewed on Feb. 27, 2019

4.5 stars
what?! I’m not crying. You’re crying. *sniff*. Okay that was amazing. “Chicago Blues” by Jeff Stookey was an excellent continuation of the “Medicine for the Blues” trilogy and captured my heart from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. Jimmy’s story is one that takes some scandalous, and shocking twists like something out of a movie. So descriptive it’s like I was there in Pluto’s Lair transfixed by Jimmy’s piano playing and Erica DeChez’s erotic flamboyance. It is so interesting to see the different sides of people revealed, and different ways of exploring, expressing, and even exploiting their sexuality. Even when changing perspectives – normally it was in Jimmy’s, but occasionally switched to others as well – it all flowed smoothly from one scene/character to the next… and I also LOVED that it is set during the 20’s because we see just how different things are (and also how they are still the same)… Adult situations, drugs and violence so best suited 18+. A powerful story with an ending that will have your jaw on the floor.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
SammiGirl99 reviewed on Feb. 26, 2019

Strangely enough, while I’ve seen some drag shows in real life and on TV, “Chicago Blues” is the first book I’ve read where it featured main characters/ scenes prominently in this role. I’m not sure this is a book I would have picked up on my own out of the blue, and I can say that would have been a big mistake on my part. “Chicago Blues” starts soon after the first one ends, but this time we are more inside Jimmy’s experiences and are they ever eventful! Shocking, titillating, eye-opening and sexy, dirty and dangerous… Jeff Stookey artfully draws us into this world of old-era Chicago in a way that felt so deeply personal and intimately connected with everyone, from the bad and their problems, to the troublemakers in town, and of course the story with Erica/Eric and Jimmy was riveting. I also feel like I have a greater appreciation for the drag culture in a way I didn’t before – Stookey does incredibly well with the detailing and ‘life’ from the writing to the time period and the places they are, to the characters and even their choice of words, drinks, and weapons. It was real, raw, ugly, beautiful, heartbreaking, heartwarming, and wrapped up one ‘chapter’ of Jimmy’s life, now we just have to see how it all ends in “Dangerous Medicine”.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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