"From the American Book Award-winning author of The Living Blood, The Good House, My Soul to Keep and others comes Joplin’s Ghost, a chilling and sensual tale of a star-in-the-making whose life goes haywire as she is haunted by the ghost of a long-dead music legend.""
When Phoenix Smalls was ten, she nearly died at her parents’ jazz club when she was crushed by a turn-of-the-century piano. Now twenty-four, Phoenix is launching a career as an R&B singer. As the protégée of rap superstar G-Ronn, Phoenix is living the life young artists envy and seems destined for fame and fortune. But a chance visit to a historical site in St. Louis ignites a series of bizarre, erotic encounters with a spirit who may be the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin.
With growing violence in G-Ronn’s inner circle and a ghost bent on living forever through her, Phoenix’s life suddenly hangs in the balance. Can the power of her own inner song and the love of a music writer who believes in her give Phoenix the strength t