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Devil's gonna get him : a Tamara Hayle mystery
Wesley, Valerie Wilson.
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New York : Avon Books, [1996]

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276 pages ; 18 cm
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Originally published: New York : Putnam's, 1995.
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Cop-turned-struggling p.i., Tamara Hoyle is a hardworking sisterWith bills to pay and a teenage son to raise. So when LincolnStorey -- the richest, rudest black man in the county-offers herbig bucks to dig up the dirt on his stepdaughter's lover, Tamaragladly agrees, even though said lover once broke her heart. Butthen Storey drops dead at his own fancy fundraiser -- right beforeTamara's very eyes. And before she knows it, ties of loyalty andfriendship have dragged her deep into a lethal world of treacheryand dangerous ambitions, where everybody has a nasty littlesecret and is better off With Lincoln Storey dead.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Wesley, Essence magazine's editor-at-large, brings back Tamara Hayle, the sharp-witted, warm former New Jersey cop now a Newark PI, in an atmospheric sequel to Death Comes Stealing. Wealthy black Newark mover and shaker Lincoln Storey hires Tamara to tail his stepdaughter's new boyfriend. Needing the job, Tamara agrees, despite her misgivings. She suspects Storey is using her in some way, and she is also reluctant to follow the boyfriend, with whom she'd had a torrid love affair years before. But when Storey dies at a political dinner and her friend's sister, who catered the affair, is arrested for his murder, Tamara applies herself in earnest. Encouraged by her former boss on the force and a lawyer friend (and love interest), she delves into Storey's sordid personal life and ultimately becomes a target herself. Although the plot is derivative and stretched, Wesley's characterization is powerful; the down-to-earth observations of single-mother Tamara, her teenage son and her friends about black urban life amply fill out the thin spots. Author tour. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved