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by Akashic Books, 19 March 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1-61775-316-9
This is the third in the D Hunter series about the
professional bodyguard.D is protecting
the rapper Asya Roc at an underground fight club involving ‘distaff
warriors’.The rapper has arranged to
buy illegal guns here and the courier turns out to be Ice, someone D
knows.There is an attempted robbery - Ice
is wounded, D gets Roc to safety, but is then caught up in a chase and shootout
involving a corrupt policeman.
Against the backdrop of a Brooklyn much changed from his
childhood home, and a musical soundtrack of hip hop and R&B, D tries to
sort out the real story behind the shooting.While this is going on, he gets a welcome paying job when he is asked to
find a copy of the rarest soul music single ever recorded.He also makes a visit to the UK which is full
of incident, and later draws on the experience, refering to ‘one of them pale
towns in England’!
D makes and loses friends as the story unfolds.The writing is pacey and moves the action
along effectively.The R&B
references may well bring back memories of the 1960s for readers of a certain
age.The descriptions of people and
places work well and the vocabulary conveys a rather exotic sense of the edgy
and dangerous world in which D lives.
Other books by the author: The D Hunter series: The Accidental Hunter and The Plot
Against Hip Hop.
Nelson George is an author/filmmaker who
specializes in documenting and celebrating African-American culture. As an
author he's written several classic black music histories, including Where Did Our Love Go?:The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound, The Death of Rhythm & Blues .He also
edited The James Brown Reader, an
anthology of articles about the late Godfather of Soul. He contributed major
articles on the films The Help and Pariah to The New York Times Arts &
Leisure section in 2011. As a filmmaker George has directed the HBO film Life
Support, and has two documentaries debuting in 2012: Brooklyn Boheme on
Showtime and The Announcement: Magic Johnson on ESPN.