Rap Factor

Rap Factor

by Delacorta, Catherine Texier
     
 

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Zulu, The Rap Factor's protagonist and Miami's hottest P.I., is badder than Shaft and gets more women into bed than James Bond. When a beautiful young rapper poised for the top of the charts is found dead in her apartment, not a mark on her perfect ebony body, Zulu is off and jamming. What ensues is fully worthy of the writer who has been praised by Vanity Fair for

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Zulu, The Rap Factor's protagonist and Miami's hottest P.I., is badder than Shaft and gets more women into bed than James Bond. When a beautiful young rapper poised for the top of the charts is found dead in her apartment, not a mark on her perfect ebony body, Zulu is off and jamming. What ensues is fully worthy of the writer who has been praised by Vanity Fair for his "cool, stylish puzzlers" and by the Los Angeles Times as one capable of "four-star pop entertainment." "This novel has gas, written in the mile-a-minute, rat-a-tat style of rap. [Delacorta] mixes John D. McDonald, Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane, along with a healthy dose of wit and pure fun, and comes up with one of the best reads of the summer." -- The Washington Post Book World

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Leaving Paris, Serge Gorodish and Alba behind, Delacorta ( Diva ; Luna ; Lola ; Alba ) tries something new: setting his neo-pop thriller in the rap-music subculture of sweltering Miami. Zulu, the lusty and ultra-cool mixed-race detective, aided by trusty sidekicks Lita and Roy (``everything between us ran as smoothly as synchronized orgasms''), is called upon to investigate the apparent murder of ``Princess'' Bashma, the hard-living queen of Miami rap. If Delacorta's style is wholly derivative of Chandler, the plot--involving Bashma's prostitute sister Mona and Haitian Voodoo--is so soigne and atmospheric that one hardly minds. At the same time, a number of faux pas quickly establish Delacorta as a stranger to Miami--detective Zulu is described as ``the best lay on the Gulf of Mexico,'' though Miami is on the Atlantic--and consequently the story, after failing to establish its own credibility, collapses into Miami Vice -style violent sexist nonsense. One wonders how the darling of the downtown literary set, translator Catherine Texier ( Love Me Tender ; Panic Blood ), could get involved in such a project. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871136176
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.58(d)

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