Detective and mystery stories

Born Guilty

By Reginald Hill

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Britain's only black, balding, unemployed lathe operator-turned-detective, featured in Blood Sympathy, fights his way through angry cops and crazed drug addicts on the trail of the killer of a boy in a cardboard box.

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Blowback

By Eric James Fullilove

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"A terrifying international incident has just begun the countdown to nuclear war. The one man who can stop it has just been framed for the murder of one of Washington, D.C.'s darlings. The clock is running. So is he. On India's border, a weapon of mass destruction tips the world's balance of power. In Washington, D.C., a well-dressed man is stopped by the cops for DWB -- Driving While Black.

"In a darkened hallway, a killer waits for a beautiful woman to come home. And Eric James Fullilove's shattering, relentlessly suspenseful thriller about race, power, and justice has just begun. The president's national security advisor, Richard Whelan, is tough, smart, and black. Coming from Harvard to the White House, he knows how to play political games. But be's about to get a refresher course in the rules of the street. Framed for a brutal murder, Whelan is suddenly a fugitive on the run, a pawn in a chilling conspiracy, and the only man who can put the pieces together and stop a nuclear holocaust -- if he can just stay alive. In Blowback, author Eric James Fullilove introduces an exciting, new black character who is part Richard Kimball, part Jack Ryan, part Shaft -- and all hero."

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Blanche on the Lam

By Barbara Neely

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"It's hard enough making ends meet on the pittance Blanche White earns doing day work for the genteel Southern families of North Carolina. But when her fourth bad check lands her a jail sentence, Blanche goes on the lam. Inadvertently, she finds work at the summer home of a wealthy family, the members of which have plenty of their own secrets. And when a dead body is discovered, Blanche finds herself the prime suspect. Using her wit and intelligence--not to mention the remarkably efficient old-girl network among domestic workers -she gets to work uncovering the real killer before she lands in more hot water."

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A Little Yellow Dog

By Walter Mosley

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"Working as a janitor at Sojourner Truth Junior High School, Easy Rawlins is asked to care for a small dog owned by the attractive Idabell Holland, a teacher at the school. When Idabell's husband is murdered, Easy finds himself mixed up with a gang of criminals engaged in looting Los Angeles schools and smuggling heroin from France."

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A Darker Shade of Crimson

By Pamela Thomas-Graham

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"After Nikki Chase--a smart, ambitious, attractive black economics professor--stumbles over her friend Ella's body during a blackout, she finds herself plunged into the investigation and uncovering some of Harvard's most deeply buried secrets."

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The Return of Merlin

By Deepak Chopra

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Holistic health guru Chopra makes his fictional debut with a symbolic tale mixing Arthurian legends with a modern-day detective story.
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Hook, Line & Sinister

By T. Jefferson Parker

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Sixteen of America's favorite author-anglers spin tales of mystery-- and fishing.

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Uncommon Grounds: A Novel

By Sandra Balzo

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Patricia Harper is dead, killed by a hot-wired espresso machine, in Uncommon Grounds, her very own gourmet coffee store! Maggy Thorsen wants to know who killed one of her partners. Maggy needs the store to succeed. Starting over after her divorce, she's quit her PR job to open the coffee store. And if things aren't already tough enough, she begins to suspect one of her friends is responsible for Patricia's murder.

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On What Grounds

By Cleo Coyle

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Something light for your latte: "Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse, and now, after ten years and a little friendly cajoling, she's back to the grind. Clare is thrilled to return to work, until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. The police deem it an accident. But Clare can't get some things out of her mind. Is she in danger? And, are all detectives this handsome?"
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The Black Hand: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel

By Will Thomas

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Investigating a string of murders linked to the Italian mafia, Victorian enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his apprentice, Thomas Llewelyn, assemble a ragtag band of helpers and become suspicious when the government refuses assistance.
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