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Violent Spring
     

Violent Spring

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by Gary Phillips
 

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In one of the hottest debut mysteries in years, African-American private investigator Ivan Monk must investigate the murder of a Korean shopkeeper in riot-torn, racially-charged Los Angeles.

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In one of the hottest debut mysteries in years, African-American private investigator Ivan Monk must investigate the murder of a Korean shopkeeper in riot-torn, racially-charged Los Angeles.

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Wes Lukowsky
In the wake of the Rodney King beating and the subsequent riots, Los Angeles is a racial tinderbox. When the body of a murdered Korean shop owner is discovered during the groundbreaking ceremony of what's intended to be part of the city's healing process, private eye Ivan Monk gets involved in the case. Given the atmosphere, everyone assumes a racial motive, but as Monk probes ever deeper into the case, greed rears its omnipresent head. Monk meets resistance from the Korean Merchants Association, the FBI, the LAPD, and an assortment of street gangs. As a hard-boiled mystery, this is routine. As an examination of L.A.'s racial strife, it's really quite enlightening. So many of the ethnic groups outside the power structure are interdependent, yet they resent the others' presence. Banding together would provide strength, but it's to the empowered's advantage to keep the groups squabbling among themselves. This is the milieu in which Monk works. Depending upon whom he is questioning, he's perceived as either an Uncle Tom or a troublemaking black agitator. But he perseveres to a bloody conclusion in which the only color that really matters is the green of cold, hard cash.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425156254
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.77(d)

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Mike Davis
"Ivan Monk traverses the terrain of the boosters and mercenaries who run Blade Runnerville. He is an unbowed post-modern protagonist who with brains and brawn confronts this Hobbesian universe in his quest for the answers. Violent spring peels away the studded rind of the golden orange, exposing its dete noir core."
Gar Anthony Haywood
"...Tough, smart, and unabashedly political, Monk is (to paraphrase basketball sart Charles Barkley) a P.I. for the nineties, and Violent Spring is Phillip's perfect intro to him."

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Violent Spring 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
7th_Trump More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading a Gary Phillips novel and getting into an Ivan Monk mystery. I found the novel hard to get into. I felt no connection with the characters and found the plot complicated. More than a few times I had to re-read sections to understand the flow of theaction. And sometimes I never quite figured out what was going on (i.e can someone explain to me what happened at the end of the novel with the gun trick that Monk pulled on one of the antagonists). I may be revealing my limitations but i found that I had to look up way too many words. So much so that it took the fun out of reading the novel. Were there any redeeming qualities in the book? I hate mysteries where you as the reader are not given all the clues as the hero; and therefore can't figure out who committed the crime and why. Although Gary Phillips plot is very complicated, I think one can reasonably solve the crime if they put some effort into it. Overall I can't recommend this book and can't recommend the author.