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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"More than just a mystery. Gives life and depth to Brooklyn, a voice to Caribbean rhythms and migration. Brings energy and vitality to the African-American mystery genre."

—Eleanor Taylor Bland, author of Windy City Dying

“Glenville Lovell’s taut, action-filled mystery Too Beautiful To Die is one of those rare page-turners with emotional grip and lyrical range. The sharp dialogue and its darkly charismatic hero will be a treat to readers looking for something new from a fresh voice. Smart, vivid, and beautifully crafted, it will keep readers guessing until the end.”

—Tananarive Due, author of My Soul to Keep and The Living Blood

“Lovell has concocted a literate mystery that reminds the reader of the best of Cain, Hammett, Chandler and James Lee Burke, sleuthing rendered with wit, imagination and a Caribbean flair.”

—Black Issues Book Review 

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