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Love and death in Brooklyn
Lovell, Glenville, 1955-
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New York : Putnam, [2004]

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310 pages ; 24 cm
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Blades Overstreet returns in an atmospheric crime novel set in that mysterious world known as Brooklyn. Glenville Lovell's first mystery, Too Beautiful to Die, was called a "page-turner" (New York Daily News) and "stylish entertainment" (Booklist). Now he's back with a story ripped from today's headlines-a brilliant young African-American politician gunned down as his career is about to take off. Ex-cop Blades Overstreet is finally at peace. His case against the NYPD has been resolved, his estranged wife has come back, and the two of them, along with Blades's young daughter, have settled into a nice home and a nice life. But peace is ephemeral on the mean streets of Brooklyn, and when the son of a good friend and mentor is murdered right before his eyes, Blades knows he won't be able to rest until the killer is brought to justice.

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Anja Voeste, University of Kassel, Germany and Susan Baddeley, University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.

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Booklist Review

Ex-cop Blades Overstreet returns to the torrid territory of Too Beautiful to Die BKL My 1 03. Rising politician Ronan Plantier is breaking bread with his estranged father, Noah, when he is gunned down. Soon after, Blades' assistant River's limousine coitus is interrupted by a hail of bullets. Suspects abound, and many of them seem to have slept with each other. Meanwhile Blades and his wife, Anais, raise his Bahamian love child, overcoming their mutual jealousies with bouts of make-up sex. Lovell's sensuous descriptions of the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and feel of New York and its rich cultural life, together with the detailed relations of a multitude of supporting characters, create a teeming background that tends to overwhelm the foreground. The names are a bit much: shouldn't J'Noel Bitelow's abusive husband have known better than to demand fellatio? Combining the upwardly mobile bed-hopping of Eric Jerome Dickey or Omar Tyree with the gritty street drama of Gar Anthony Haywood and Gary Phillips, this soapy series should have a broad following among fans of either genre. --David Wright Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lovell (Too Beautiful to Die) picks an odd title for a book that revolves around rage, revenge and the Russian mafia; his prose, too, has more than its share of awkward sentences and metaphors ("I strapped on my Glock and stepped out into the lights of New York City like Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek on Broadway"). In spite of this, the book, an intricate story of the aftermath of a young black politician's murder, could have been great. Ex-cop Blades Overstreet left the NYPD under duress (and later won a civil rights settlement), and has just recently begun settling into the lifestyle of a successful businessman. But when he sees the son of his friend Noah gunned down in a posh restaurant, loyalty to Noah mobilizes Blades to find the killer, imperiling the stable life he's tried to craft for his difficult, ambitious wife and newly discovered young daughter from a long-ago liaison. In his search for the killer Blades encounters a web of conspiracy that encompasses his father's long-ago past, a Russian drug ring, a lesbian FBI agent, a giant transvestite street snitch and the murderer of Noah's son. Throughout the book, the dialogue is rhythmic, gritty and utterly credible. The prose passages, on the other hand, mask Lovell's talent like vinyl siding on a brownstone. Agent, Tanya McKinnon. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved