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Publisher's Summary

"Mosley writes with great power here about themes that have permeated his work: institutional racism, political corruption, and the ways that both of these issues affect not only society at large but also the inner lives of individual men and women." (Booklist, starred review)
Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island.
A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of - and why.
Running in parallel with King's own quest for justice is the case of a Black radical journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers who had been abusing their badges to traffic in drugs and women within the city's poorest neighborhoods.
Joined by Melquarth Frost, a brilliant sociopath, our hero must beat dirty cops and dirtier bankers, craven lawyers, and above all keep his daughter far from the underworld in which he works. All the while, two lives hang in the balance: King's client's, and King's own.
©2018 Walter Mosley (P)2018 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Rekindles some of the remarkable energy that drove the early Rawlins novels.... Mosley writes with great power here about themes that have permeated his work: institutional racism, political corruption, and the ways that both of these issues affect not only society at large but also the inner lives of individual men and women. And he has created a new hero in Joe Oliver with the depth and vulnerability to sustain what readers will hope becomes a new series.... It's the perfect moment for Mosley to unveil an exciting new hero and a series set in the present and confronting the issues that drive today's headlines." (Booklist, starred review)
"[An] excellent standalone... The novel's dedication - to Malcolm, Medgar, and Martin - underlines the difference that one man can make in the fight for justice." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"It's Mosley's signature style - rough-hewn, rhythmic, and lyrical - that makes you ready and eager for whatever he's serving up.... Let the good times roll." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Think rich, dark, smooth red wine - each sip revealing different tones. That is Dion Graham's voice performing Mosley's P.I., Joe King Oliver.... Graham is skilled at delivering female voices. The dialogue between people of different races, levels of education, and types of work flows flawlessly, making for highly engaging listening." (AudioFile)  
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4 out of 5 stars
By A. Brooks on 02-27-18

Slow start grows

I was poised to dislike this new Mosley character. "Get on with it!" was my attitude toward this whiney fake Leonid. He is worthy! Well worth the wait, he doesn't disappoint.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-08-18

So.Damn.Good.

A long time fan, it comes as no surprise to experience the robust and satisfying performance of Walter Mosley’s writing. I tried to make it last but gave in to the greed for more and manage to organize the hell out of my closet as I did - at times even laughing out loud or cringing at descriptions all too apt. Thank you, this did not disappoint.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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