Overview

A failed private eye searches Los Angeles for a murderous white supremacist Aaron Gunner made a lousy private detective. After a year’s carnage in Vietnam and a quick exit from the police academy, private work was the only avenue he saw to be a hero. But the seediness, tedium, and lack of real power crushed his hopes, and he quit the job after inadvertently setting a pregnant woman up for a violent death. But after a savage racial murder, it may be time to come out of retirement. The white man comes to the ...
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Fear of the Dark

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Overview

A failed private eye searches Los Angeles for a murderous white supremacist Aaron Gunner made a lousy private detective. After a year’s carnage in Vietnam and a quick exit from the police academy, private work was the only avenue he saw to be a hero. But the seediness, tedium, and lack of real power crushed his hopes, and he quit the job after inadvertently setting a pregnant woman up for a violent death. But after a savage racial murder, it may be time to come out of retirement. The white man comes to the Acey Deuce, a bar in South Central Los Angeles, to blow the head off a young black militant. The dead radical’s sister pays Gunner a visit with a .22 revolver, and convinces him to find her brother’s killer. As Gunner draws closer to answers, prejudice and rage threaten to tear Los Angeles apart. To save the city—and himself—Aaron Gunner must finally find his calling.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Winner of the 1988 Best First P.I. Novel Contest, this promising debut introduces black private investigator Aaron Gunner, hired to find the white man who walked into the Acey Deuce bar in South Central Los Angeles to blow away the owner, J. T. Tennell and Buddy Dorris of the Brothers of Volition, a black activist group. Buddy's sister, Verna Gail, feels the murder isn't getting enough police attention and hires Gunner, a P.I. who's trying to quit the business. He discovers that the killer is Denny Townsend, a white supremacist working on the fringes of a campaign to elect Lew Henshaw, a politician running on a law-and-order platform. Before Gunner can talk to Townsend, he finds himshot to death in Gunner's car. The cops are suspicious of Gunner, who soon is framed for the killing of Townsend's friend and possible accomplice, Stanley Ferris. To save his own neck, and to keep L.A. from erupting into racial violence, Gunner must find the connection between the politician, a local drug dealer and the Brother's charismatic leader, Roland Mayes. Haywood has a good ear for the sour voice of the true private eye and the sense of tired hopelessness of the underclass they have always served. One hopes to see more of Gunner. ( September )
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453252918
  • Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Series: Aaron Gunner Mysteries
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 624,710
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Gar Anthony Haywood (b. 1954) is the Shamus Award–winning author of the Aaron Gunner mysteries. Born in Los Angeles, he spent over a decade as a computer technician before first publishing fiction in the 1980s. Influenced by a love for the Los Angeles mysteries of Ross Macdonald, he wrote Fear of the Dark (1987), winning the Shamus Award for best first novel and introducing the tough-nosed Los Angeles detective Aaron Gunner. Haywood continued the Gunner series through the bestselling All the Lucky Ones Are Dead (2000), and in between Gunner novels produced the two-book Loudermilk pair of seriocomic mysteries. Haywood also wrote two stand-alone thrillers, Man Eater (2003) and Firecracker (2004), under the pseudonym Ray Shannon, finding critical acclaim for both. He has written for newspapers and television, including an adaptation of the Dennis Rodman autobiography, Bad as I Wanna Be. His most recent novels are Cemetery Road (2010) and Assume Nothing (2011).
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