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The white zone
Corrington, John William.
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New York : Viking Mystery and Suspense, 1990.
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Booklist Review

The emotionless instructions that crackle over the PA system at Los Angeles International Airport function as both metaphor and warning for black New Orleans cop Ralph ("Rat") Trapp as he enters decidedly alien territory. Rat is in the city of lost angels at the bequest of friend and former lover Camille, whose son's posthumous star is joining the illustrious ranks on Hollywood Boulevard. When Camille dies in a bizarre accident, Rat takes to the bottle, then emerges to hunt down the killers. Camille's death is apparently part of a reactionary plot to kill off former-president Reagan's geriatric buddies and therefore wreak havoc on the glasnost era. Of course, things soon get even nastier, the kills get progressively less pretty, and the plot is complicated by a plethora of dubious alphabet-agency dealings. The Corringtons' get a lot of mileage out of the laconic, streetwise Rat and the near-lethal culture shock he undergoes in the land of blonde hard-bodies. The political scenario works amazingly well, considering the indifference most liberal readers may well feel towards Dutch and his old guard. This fourth entry in a highly unusual series is another winner. ~--Peter Robertson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Someone is killing prominent California conservatives, all old buddies of ex-president Ronald Reagan, all of them involved decades ago in the McCarthy anti-communist witchhunt. Reagan may be the next to die. In solving the multiple murders, wisecracking Ralph (``Rat'') Trapp, a black New Orleans homicide cop, offers a wry perspective on Los Angeles that may remind some readers of Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop . The husband-wife Corrington team (he died in 1988) falters in this, Rat Trapp's fourth case ( A Civil Death , etc.), an unlikely scenario involving old leftists, the Spanish Civil War, a possible KGB rogue operation, divorce, old flames and a rock band called Desire Project. Despite acute observations on black-white relations, twists and turns galore and some shockeroos at the end, the story seems strained, as if written with a view toward recycling it as a film script. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Black New Orleans policeman/series star ( A Civil Death , A Project Named Desire , both 1987) Rat Trapp flies to old flame Camille Bynum's side for a Hollywood ceremony honoring her dead rock singer son. Camille, unfortunately, dies in agony on stage, victim of an electric current meant for someone else. Set for revenge, Trapp plunges into a rough-and-ready world of animosities stemming from the Red Scare of the Fifties. With the aid and/or hindrance of former lover Candace (CIA) and long-time friend Alphonse (Secret Service), Trapp works at the same time to disprove a KGB plot. While this slick production carries more than its share of implausibilities and stereotypes, the nonstop action and tough, attractive cop place it squarely on the effortless enjoyment list. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.