The Blues and Ballet is the second Samuel Locke novel.
In The Blues and Ballet," Galveston, Texas, attorney Samuel Locke is called upon by his best client, the legendary bluesman Thumper Lee, to help protect Angelique Chambray, a ballerina. She is facing assailants trying to do her harm. Sam's investigation leads him to the blues scene of Paris in the fifties, to the dark swamps of East Texas where lawmen rarely go, and to sleazy bars on the Gulf Coast. He encounters vengeful gangsters, good people living difficult lives, and Sampson, the alligator.