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Norton & Company
One World/Ballantine Books
ISBN : 0-345-44908-8
Meet Detective Charlotte Justice, a black woman in the very
white, very male, and sometimes very hostile Los Angeles
Police Department. The time is 48 hours into the epochal
L.A. riots and she and her fellow officers are exhausted.
She saves the curfew-breaking black doctor Lance Mitchell
from a potentially lethal beating from some white officers
only to discover nearby the body of one-time radical Cinque
Lewis, a thug who years before had murdered her husband
and daughter. Was it a random shooting or was Mitchell
responsible? And what had brought Lewis back to a
city he'd long since fled?
Charlotte's quest for the truth behind Cinque's death will
set her at odds with the LAPD hierarchy, plunge her into
the intricacies of everything from L.A.'s gang-banging politics
to its black blue-bloods, and lead her into deep emotional
waters with Mitchell's partner (and her old flame), Dr.
Inner City Blues won the Macavity Award for Best
First Mystery, was named Best First Novel by the Black
Caucus of the American Library Association , and was
a nominee for the Edgar and Anthony awards for best first