Love and Death in Brooklyn

Love and Death in Brooklyn

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by Glenville Lovell
     
 

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Blades Overstreet returns in an atmospheric crime novel set in that mysterious world known as Brooklyn.

Glenville Lovell's first mystery, Too Beautiful to Die, was called a "page-turner" (New York Daily News) and "stylish entertainment" (Booklist). Now he's back with a story ripped from today's headlines-a brilliant young African-American

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Blades Overstreet returns in an atmospheric crime novel set in that mysterious world known as Brooklyn.

Glenville Lovell's first mystery, Too Beautiful to Die, was called a "page-turner" (New York Daily News) and "stylish entertainment" (Booklist). Now he's back with a story ripped from today's headlines-a brilliant young African-American politician gunned down as his career is about to take off.

Ex-cop Blades Overstreet is finally at peace. His case against the NYPD has been resolved, his estranged wife has come back, and the two of them, along with Blades's young daughter, have settled into a nice home and a nice life. But peace is ephemeral on the mean streets of Brooklyn, and when the son of a good friend and mentor is murdered right before his eyes, Blades knows he won't be able to rest until the killer is brought to justice.

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Publishers Weekly
Lovell (Too Beautiful to Die) picks an odd title for a book that revolves around rage, revenge and the Russian mafia; his prose, too, has more than its share of awkward sentences and metaphors ("I strapped on my Glock and stepped out into the lights of New York City like Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek on Broadway"). In spite of this, the book, an intricate story of the aftermath of a young black politician's murder, could have been great. Ex-cop Blades Overstreet left the NYPD under duress (and later won a civil rights settlement), and has just recently begun settling into the lifestyle of a successful businessman. But when he sees the son of his friend Noah gunned down in a posh restaurant, loyalty to Noah mobilizes Blades to find the killer, imperiling the stable life he's tried to craft for his difficult, ambitious wife and newly discovered young daughter from a long-ago liaison. In his search for the killer Blades encounters a web of conspiracy that encompasses his father's long-ago past, a Russian drug ring, a lesbian FBI agent, a giant transvestite street snitch and the murderer of Noah's son. Throughout the book, the dialogue is rhythmic, gritty and utterly credible. The prose passages, on the other hand, mask Lovell's talent like vinyl siding on a brownstone. Agent, Tanya McKinnon. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399151972
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
07/22/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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