Old Man Peterson is a story of revenge and retribution inside one African American family. The Peterson-Kennedy clan has everything. They are wealthy and powerful. Patriarch, Hiram Kennedy, has helped several mayors, judges, and district attorneys earn their positions in life. His niece, Jannita Peterson-Davis, is a playgirl who spends her time bouncing from one woman’s bed to another and just having fun. His sister-in-law, Miss Ina, is losing her memory, but so what – she is almost eighty years old. The clan is untouchable until a plumber discovers sixty-year-old bones buried in Miss Ina’s bathroom wall and all hell breaks loose.
The family’s nice little world turns upside down when Lieutenant Abigaile Truman reports that the bones belong to Miss Ina’s murdered husband, Hiram’s half-brother, Bernard Peterson. Family legend says that Bernard went out to get Ina a quart of milk for baby son Delbert and never returned. He and a girlfriend moved to the southwest to make tons of babies. Now, DNA evidence says Bernard Peterson wasn’t even Delbert’s father; Hiram Kennedy is. That means Hiram Kennedy isn’t Jannita’s uncle. Instead, he is her grandfather, but how could that be when Ina never cheated on Bernard? What else is wrong with the Peterson- Kennedy family portrait?
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About the Author
B.L. has always been in love with books and the words in them. She never thought she could create something with the words she knew. When she read ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird,’ she realized everyday experiences could be written about in a powerful, memorable way. She wasn’t quite sure what to do with that knowledge so she kept on reading. Walter Mosley’s short stories about Easy Rawlins and his friends encouraged BL to start writing in earnest. She felt she had a story to tell…maybe several of them. She’d always kept a diary of some sort, scraps of paper, pocketsize, notepads, blank backs of agency forms, or in the margins of books. It was her habit to make these little notes to herself. She thought someday she’d make them into a book. She wrote a workplace memoir based on the people she met during her 20 years as a property manager of city-owned buildings. Writing the memoir, led her to consider writing books that were not job-related. Once again, she did…producing romance novels with African American lesbians as main characters. She wrote the novels because she couldn’t find stories that matched who she wanted to read about …over forty, African American and female.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cozy, erotic, police procedural I enjoyed this sparkling, and titillatingly frustrating, murder mystery. While solving the case is important, sexual tension permeates nearly every page much to the main characters' chagrin. A delightful, often funny, novel with abundant sex scenes.