Allusions to other works


  • "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B", performed by Bill Arter (p. 27)
  • "Ain't Misbehavin'"
  • "Shake, Rattle ‘n’ Roll"
  • "Dancing in the Dark", performed by Frank Sinatra (p. 14)
  • "Bill Bailey"
  • "Take the 'A' Train"
  • "Why Don't You Do Right?"
  • "Blues in the Night"
  • "In the Mood"
  • "Tutti Frutti"
  • "Rock Around the Clock”
  • "Dancing Time"
  • "La Conga"


  • Pearl Bailey (p. 36)
  • Genesis
  • Pink Floyd


  • The Duchess of Malfi, a tragic play by John Webster (Kay, p. 103)
  • “I’ll be his Judas” from Oscar Wilde (p. 62)

Film/ TV Shows

  • Double Indemnity (p. 1)
  • The Old Grey Whistle Test (p. 57)
  • Star Trek (p. 167; 139)

Allusions to history and geography

The novel includes allusions to famous jazz musicians. Although Joss Moody is a fictional character, he is inspired by the pianist Billy Tipton, and the novel puts the reader into the context of the real jazz world.

  • Oscar Rabin (p. 14)
  • Harry Parry (p. 15)

In addition, the setting uses many references to real places in London, such as Central Station (p. 14).

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