Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Author: Kevin M. Weeks
A very intense novel that will keep
you interested for the duration of the tale.
is a drug related murder in Washington DC and if you are a good
mystery solver you might guess that the victim (Teco Jackson) was
killed by a serial killer called The Paradox. It seems that
some crimes in Atlanta, GA are very much like the Washington DC
murder and the FBI wants this fact investigated. Detective
Hanae Troop is sent to Atlanta to try and decide if The Paradox is
the guilty party. Atlanta Detective Paul Yeomans must accept
the help of the Washington DC Detective even though he is not all
that happy about it.
Washington newspapers have concluded that Teco was killed by the Paradox and the FBI is anxious to prove that Teco is still among the living. Feeling cheated, the delusional Paradox raises the bar by wrecking the lives of anyone who has started a new life after leaving the Strictly Business drug crew and trying to succeed in a new business. Gail Indigo Que, known as GQ, a former Strictly Business drug crew member tries to start a legal clothing business and make legitimate riches from rags. The Paradox wants to spoil her new career and pull her back into the drug trade. The law inforcement team looking for The Paradox gets the assistance of a bodyguard (Teco) to watch over GQ even though she is determined to start up her new business against all odds.
This book is very busy. There are many characters to keep up with and sometimes it's a little difficult to keep everyone straight. But, mystery/fiction readers will really like it. There is a lot of action and edge-of-your chair dialogue. This is the third book in a series called The Street Life Series and I probably would have done better with it had I read the others. They are on my list now. I did enjoy the book and found myself pulling for the people who were trying to better their lives. I will be watching for the next one. I read a book some time ago called The Road to Perdition by Max Allen Collins. This reminds me of that one. However, that was set up as a Graphic Novel paperback and had illustrations much like a comic book. But, a movie was made from it so maybe the movie companies will take a look at Mr. Weeks' books. I hope so.
The author, Kevin M. Weeks, has received many awards including a 2009 African-American Pavilion at BookExpo America Urban Books Series award, 2008 London Book Festival award and 2007 New York Book Festival award. The book proceeds benefit the Stay Off The Streets Fund, a youth charity that aids teens who are no longer able to live in foster care.