Resurrecting Langston Blue (CJ Floyd Series #4)

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The casualties of war take many forms. When Amerasian ER doctor Carmen Nguyen suspects that her father, Langston Blue, who disappeared during the Vietnam War, may be alive, she hires cheroot-smoking, African-American bail bondsman and Vietnam vet CJ Floyd to help her find him. CJ’s discoveries aren’t pretty: Carmen’s father was an elite assassin operating behind enemy lines, authorized to kill anyone who got in his way, from innocent villagers to presidents. During his final, fateful mission, Blue apparently ...

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Overview

The casualties of war take many forms. When Amerasian ER doctor Carmen Nguyen suspects that her father, Langston Blue, who disappeared during the Vietnam War, may be alive, she hires cheroot-smoking, African-American bail bondsman and Vietnam vet CJ Floyd to help her find him. CJ’s discoveries aren’t pretty: Carmen’s father was an elite assassin operating behind enemy lines, authorized to kill anyone who got in his way, from innocent villagers to presidents. During his final, fateful mission, Blue apparently discovered some troubling information on secret U.S. government programs—information that made his life expendable. Soon Carmen, CJ, and his new partner, Flora Jean, are following a trail of double deals, Vietnamese racism, political corruption, and power grabs that lead all the way to the halls of the U.S. Senate. Resurrecting Langston Blue is a riveting read—a mystery and political thriller that twists and turns right up to the very end.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Greer delivers a top-notch, tautly woven adventure that extends his development of the African American detective novel.”
The Bloomsbury Review

“... a taut mystery intertwined with political detail.”
Ebony magazine

“An entertaining, white-knuckle thrill ride with the powers that be.”
Booklist

“Greer remains a taut, powerful writer, and Resurrecting Langston Blue will keep you involved—and nervous.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Publishers Weekly
Longtime fans will be more engaged than newcomers by Robert Greer's run-of-the-mill CJ Floyd mystery, Resurrecting Langston Blue, in which the Vietnam vet turned bail bondsman must deal with a threatening figure from his past and track down a missing army sergeant who may be connected to a Colorado senatorial candidate's murder. Improbable situations lessen the suspense, while the closing cliffhanger will leave many indifferent. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583941829
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Series: CJ Floyd Series , #4
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,040,101
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Greer lives in Denver where he is a practicing surgical pathologist, research scientist, and professor of pathology and medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He edits the High Plains Literary Review and reviews books for KUVO, a Denver NPR affiliate.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    superb suspense thriller

    Carmen Nguyen grew up believing that her father, a highly decorated US Army Platoon First Sergeant Langston Blue, deserted in Viet Nam, his country, his spouse and her. Since she also assumed he was probably dead, Carmen grew up in Denver not caring to know anything further about her biological father. However while in Denver on a sabbatical at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, her beloved sixty-one years old Aunt Ket mentions that Congressman Peter Margolin knows why Langston deserted and ofthat her dad might still live in backwoods West Virginia. --- Realizing she had been in denial for all her life, Carmen needs to know why. She travels to Mae¿s Louisiana Kitchen to hire two bounty hunter friends of her boyfriend Walker Rios, who is out of the country. Reluctantly CJ Floyd and Flora Jean Benson agree to search for Langston. Neither realized the danger when they accepted the assignment that they thought was a daughter needing to meet her father for the first time, but turned into a deadly look at an Amerasian baby market, illegal military operations, and Margolin as he runs for the Senate. --- RESURRECTING LANGSTON BLUE is a superb suspense thriller that runs on two levels: the dangerous intrigue focusing on continual hiding of a web of lies two-three decades old and on a child, even an adult one, needing to connect with her roots. The story line is action-packed especially when the bounty hunters are on center stage, but also insures the key characters seem genuine particularly Carmen. Fans will enjoy this tense chilling drama with the same obsession that Carmen has to know why. --- Harriet Klausner

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