Too Beautiful to Die

Too Beautiful to Die

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by Glenville Lovell

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Lovell turns to crime fiction that will keep readers guessing until the end with a tale in which a pretty actress, her missing father, and a murdered FBI agent spell frame-up for ex-NYPD cop Blades Overstreet.


Lovell turns to crime fiction that will keep readers guessing until the end with a tale in which a pretty actress, her missing father, and a murdered FBI agent spell frame-up for ex-NYPD cop Blades Overstreet.

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African American Literature Book Club
The book is, in a word,, sexy, soft in the right places...I loved every word of it.
July 2003
Publishers Weekly
MysteryTOO BEAUTIFUL TO DIEGlenville Lovell. Putnam, $23.95 (296p) ISBN 0-399-15048-X ~ A melodramatic plot and histrionic dialogue, plus some racial and gender stereotyping that some readers may find offensive, tarnish Lovell's (Song of Night) otherwise suspenseful and engaging mystery. Black New York ex-cop Blades Overstreet gets seduced into the dangerous enterprise of helping alluring soap-opera star "Precious" find her long-lost father. Since Overstreet is already in the bad graces of the NYPD/FBI for accusing a fellow officer of shooting him "by accident" because of his color during a buy-and-bust operation, hostility toward Overstreet skyrockets when he stumbles on a murdered FBI agent. Attempting to grapple with issues of race and ethnic "otherness," the novel overdoes such references and, ironically, undermines their message with slurs such as the assertion that Jamaican women "prefer to ride the dick all night." Moreover, the author heaps crude metaphors like "I didn't realize this shit was going to become hotter than a hooker's ass" on top of clichEs like "To taste her was to eat a ripe, full-bodied fig." In between scenes of repulsively gruesome violence, the male characters brag in the crassest terms about their sexual successes. This is a book for macho crime fans only. (July 10) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Lovell is apparently tiring of the literary fiction he has been writing (not to mention the award-winning plays). In this African American noir, a black ex-cop finds himself the object of a manhunt when he takes on the simplest of jobs: helping a stunning star from the soaps find her dad. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Too Beautiful to Die 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Too beautiful to Die was the best book I have read in a long time. I couldnt put it down. It kept me guessing until the end.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Three years may have passed, but African-American Blades Overstreet remains bitter over the incident that nearly cost him his life and ultimately did cost him his wife. During a bust, an undercover white cop ¿accidentally¿ shot police officer Blades, who felt it was a deliberate effort to eliminate a black cop. The brass told him to shut up so he quit and sued. The acrimonious aftertaste and avenging obsession over the subsequent two years led to his wife Anais leaving him to go to California.

Jimmy Lucas once saved Blades¿ life so he now asks a big favor of Blades. Jimmy wants Blades to help his 'Precious' find her long lost father. Warning Jimmy that the debt is now paid, Blades begins making inquiries only he finds a murdered FBI agent during his investigation. Already detested by the NYPD brass and most of its rank and file for failing to live up to its blue color code, Blades finds federal and local law enforcement want to hang his black butt with the crime. He knows he needs to uncover with 200 proof evidence the identity of the real culprit o he will find himself behind bars.

Though containing a powerful condemnation of racism, this exciting urban noir is clearly for those in the audience who appreciate macho males bragging about sexual conquests in between acts of violence. So the question begs itself as to why this suburban female reviewer kept reading in spite of feeling like an outsider. Somehow Blades hooks the reader as an underdog David who the audience follows in hopes he wins the day against entrenched Goliath bureaucracies and regains his love. This work is clearly for specified sub-genre fans that will enjoy Blade¿s New York City joy ride.

Harriet Klausner