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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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.