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The shooter's sixth vfatality is cut down while she is walking at Lew Griffin's side. The victim was white. Griffin is black--a reluctant young P.I. whose poet's heart has already been hardened. And though he had only just met his unfortunate companion, Griffin knows it's up to him to find her killer--before a madman puts the final match to a volatile urban tinderbox. HC: Carroll & Graf.

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The shooter's sixth vfatality is cut down while she is walking at Lew Griffin's side. The victim was white. Griffin is black--a reluctant young P.I. whose poet's heart has already been hardened. And though he had only just met his unfortunate companion, Griffin knows it's up to him to find her killer--before a madman puts the final match to a volatile urban tinderbox. HC: Carroll & Graf.

The shooter's sixth vfatality is cut down while she is walking at Lew Griffin's side. The victim was white. Griffin is black--a reluctant young P.I. whose poet's heart has already been hardened. And though he had only just met his unfortunate companion, Griffin knows it's up to him to find her killer--before a madman puts the final match to a volatile urban tinderbox.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With two fine crime works in the tales of black operative Lew Griffin (Moth and The Long-Legged Fly), Sallis here delivers another: a prequel and a grim, utterly absorbing novel set in 1960s New Orleans. Griffin, a boozer, freelance investigator and occasional saint to the poor, reads a lot, hangs out with his tender lover, a whore named LaVerne, and views the radical black movement with an anesthetized detachment. He gets a crash course in radical anger when he meets a prominent white woman journalist, then watches as she is gunned down, the latest victim of a black shooter, a pro gunman bound for either hell or glory. He becomes a pal to a white cop whose brother is another of the recently slain. Although most of Lew's waking hours are spent close to drunk and absorbed in books that help him reflect upon the demons that dog him, he nevertheless reaches a resolution that seems a perfect tying up of loose circumstances. Sallis's New Orleans sparkles gaudily even in the passionate economy of his prose, marked by such arresting images as that of 12-string blues shot through with the amber from the dregs of a shot glass. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Black tough guy/narrator Lewis Griffin inhabits the often murky streets of New Orleans in a not-too-distant past-the early 1960s. Griffin strikes back after an admired reporter acquaintance of his is killed right in front of him by a rooftop sniper. With the help of a white policeman, the "support" of his working-girl lady friend, and news gathered from various dives, Lewis gets dangerously close to the shooter. Not a historical mystery in the strictest sense, perhaps, yet a vivid, focused portrayal of crime and the underlying racial tensions that can accompany it.
Bill Ott
Lew Griffin is a black sleuth in New Orleans whose fatalism is reminiscent of those lost souls wandering the pages of a David Goodis novel: "Each year the ground pulls harder. Each year, the burden of what we do and fail to do helps push us down." This third adventure in Sallis' too-little-known series finds Griffin flashing back to the late sixties and a long, hot summer during which the Crescent City is besieged by a racially motivated sniper. When the sniper's sixth victim, a white woman, is shot with Lew beside her, he takes a personal interest in the crime rampage. Yet this isn't one of those righteous-sleuths-saving-the-world novels. Unlike Philip Marlowe and most of his brethren, whose cynicism is only trench-coat deep--a tough-talking veneer masking a moral purist--Lew Griffin is the real thing, a cynic out of Celine or the Hemingway of "In Our Time": "I fear the big words that make us so unhappy." Unhappiness is a plague in Griffin's world, and it drags us all down eventually. This is powerful stuff, not for those to whom "hard-boiled" is just a matter of style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380725151
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Series: Lew Griffin Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.83 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

A writer of varied talents, James Sallis is a published poet, critic, translator, and novelist. He has been praised as “a fine talent, introspective, sardonic, a master of quick characterization and narrative compression” (Buffalo News) and as “a rare find…a fine prose stylist with an interest in moral struggle and a gift for the lacerating evocation of loss” (Newsday).

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