The “Here Comes Everybody” in the title has its origin in Finnegans Wake, whose hero, Humphrey Chimden Earwicker, has his initials weaved into the text. But Burgess also hopes that everybody will come to Joyce, “seeing in him not tortuous puzzles, obscenity and jesuitry gone mad, but one of the largest affirmations of man’s worth that this century has given us”.
Undertones is a ground-breaking reference book on jazz in crime fiction. As the opening historical overview shows, crime and jazz are soulmates in popular (especially American) culture and this book is by far the most exhaustive - but also entertaining survey of the interaction of both. T