The Lost Treasures of R&B

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A Library Journal Pick of the Month for August 2014!

"This is a fine mystery and [protagonist] D Hunter is as world weary, yet steadfast, as Philip Marloew, Spenser, Dave Robicheaux, or Easy Rawlins. A definite yes to purchase for both mystery and African American collections."
--Library Journal (Starred Review, Pick of the Month)

"George covers a lot of ground with style: the rhythm-and-blues music scene past and present, the sometimes startling evolution of Brooklyn and its ...

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Overview


A Library Journal Pick of the Month for August 2014!

"This is a fine mystery and [protagonist] D Hunter is as world weary, yet steadfast, as Philip Marloew, Spenser, Dave Robicheaux, or Easy Rawlins. A definite yes to purchase for both mystery and African American collections."
--Library Journal (Starred Review, Pick of the Month)

"George covers a lot of ground with style: the rhythm-and-blues music scene past and present, the sometimes startling evolution of Brooklyn and its environs, and the multitude of hangers-on, wannabes, and grifters who want a piece of the action."
--Publishers Weekly

"Real relationships and real talk frame the mashup of mysteries in George's street-framed series."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Nelson George's security expert and bodyguard to the hip-hop stars, D Hunter, takes you on a New York joyride, from rapper beefs to R&B vinyl stores, weaving the history of the city and the music biz through a tale of gunfire, deceit, police corruption, and the sacred code of the streets. The Lost Treasures of R&B is a modern noir thriller, doused in killer beats and Brooklyn cool."
--Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield (TV show)

"It's great to have D Hunter back is this new adventure. Nelson George has created a niche: the incredibly entertaining street-savvy mystery. Add in a passion for Brooklyn and musical greats past and present, and you have a mesmerizing book."
--Allen Hughes, film director, Menace II Society and American Pimp

"Nelson George's smooth security-guard-turned-detective, a.k.a. D, scours a demimonde as glamorous as Chandler's Los Angeles...D Hunter is destined to become a classic."
--Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club

Praise for The Plot Against Hip Hop:

"Wickedly entertaining."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A carefully plotted crime novel peopled by believable characters and real-life hip-hop personalities."
--Booklist

"Part procedural murder mystery, part conspiracy-theory manifesto, Nelson George's The Plot Against Hip Hop reads like the PTSD fever dream of a renegade who's done several tours of duty in the trenches."
--Time Out New York

Professional bodyguard D Hunter takes a gig protecting rapper Asya Roc at an underground fight club in poverty-stricken Brownsville, Brooklyn. Unknown to D, the rapper has arranged to purchase illegal guns at the event. An acquaintance of D from the streets (and from the novel The Plot Against Hip Hop) named Ice turns out to be the courier.

During the exchange a robbery is attempted. Ice is wounded. D gets Asya Roc to safety but is then chased by two gunmen because he has the bag containing the guns. This lethal chase ends under the elevated subway where D and the two gunmen run into a corrupt detective named Rivera. A bloody shootout ensues.

D, who has just moved back to Brooklyn after decades in Manhattan, finds himself involved in multiple mysteries. Who were the gunmen? Why were they after the guns? Who was being set up--Asya Roc or Ice? Meanwhile, he gets a much-needed paying assignment to track down the rarest soul music single ever recorded.

With gentrifying Brooklyn as the backdrop, D works to unravel various mysteries--both criminal and musical--while coming to terms with the failure of his security company and the ghosts of his childhood in "old Brooklyn." Like its predecessors The Accidental Hunter and The Plot Against Hip Hop, The Lost Treasures of R&B uses pop music as the backdrop for a noir-flavored big-city tale.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/15/2014
George’s lively third D Hunter mystery (after 2011’s The Plot Against Hip-Hop) takes bodyguard and musical-history authority D back to Brooklyn, where he grew up, after his Manhattan security company fails. On D’s last day in his Soho office, Edgecombe Lenox, a former record executive, tells D a story about a phantom record, “Country Boy & Country Girl,” made in 1966 in a spontaneous jam by Otis Redding and Diana Ross. An unnamed British millionaire is prepared to pay D $15,000 to find it for him. Meanwhile, the elusive singer Night, “the great sphinx of R&B” who created the landmark album Black Sex, is planning a comeback and wants D along for the ride, which includes a London tour. George covers a lot of ground with style: the rhythm-and-blues music scene past and present, the sometimes startling evolution of Brooklyn and its environs, and the multitude of hangers-on, wannabes, and grifters who want a piece of the action. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-12-07
Returned to Brooklyn after years in Manhattan, a bodyguard works overtime to protect his rapper charge while also doing his best to save his own skin. Even though he's back in Brooklyn full time, D Hunter isn't usually hanging out at the Brooklyn B-Girl Fight Club. D is stuck playing bodyguard for rapper Asya Roc, who wants to catch one last girl fight before he heads out on his European tour. At least, that's what Asya hired D for. But things get serious when the night out turns into a gun deal, and it's one that quickly goes wrong. D acts quickly, putting Asya in a car headed for JFK while trying to round up the other guys involved in the deal. It's not clear what happens or who's at fault when shots are fired, but that doesn't stop the cops from dropping by the next day to see what D knows. When detectives Mayfield and Robinson start asking questions, D has enough experience to walk the tightrope between convenient lies and the truth. Luckily, there are distractions from his dilemma: a gig he's offered to hunt down an elusive soul record and a mission to track down a new friend's long-lost love. Splitting his efforts between the streets of Brooklyn and the London music tour, D works to unravel all three mysteries while struggling to adjust to Brooklyn's ever changing street scene. Real relationships and real talk frame the mashup of mysteries in George's street-framed series (The Plot Against Hip Hop, 2011, etc.), though the fast talk and multiple plots often prevent either the protagonist or the reader from fully understanding what's going on.
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Meet the Author

Nelson George

Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, and lifelong resident of Brooklyn. His novels include the first two in his D Hunter mystery series, The Accidental Hunter and The Plot Against Hip Hop. Among his many nonfiction works are The Death of Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop America, and the recently published The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style. As a filmmaker he's directed the documentaries Brooklyn Boheme for Revolt, The Announcement for ESPN, and Finding the Funk for VH1. The Lost Treasures of R&B, the third book in his D Hunter mystery series, is his latest novel.
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