Bad Night Is Falling by Gary Phillips
An Ivan Monk Mystery

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After a fatal firebombing, gangsters hire Ivan Monk to prove them innocent
The Cruzado family wakes in the middle of the night, their lungs burning with smoke. Staggering out of bed, the father tries to rally his family to escape their house. When his daughter and mother don’t make it onto the lawn, he goes back in for them, never to return. This small housing development bungalow was supposed to be a new start for the Cruzados. Instead it became a tomb. The logical culprits are the Ra-Falcons, a street gang that holds sway over the Cruzados’ neighborhood. Only gangsters could be twisted enough, the police think, to toss a Molotov cocktail into a little girl’s bedroom. But when the gang’s leader hires private eye Ivan Monk to prove the Ra-Falcons’ innocence, Monk unearths a conspiracy far more sadistic than any violent gang.

About Gary Phillips

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Phillips has been a security guard, printer, shade tree mechanic, labor union organizer, radio talk show host, foundation staffer, and community activist for over 22 years. He lives with his wife, Gilda Haas, and their children, Miles and Chelsea.
Published December 27, 2011 by Road. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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And the bottom, as Monk soon finds out, lies deep beneath a tangle of political corruption going back to the Watts riots 30 years ago, with nearly everybody involved having something to hide--beginning with his client, who wastes no time in firing Monk after the occurrence of the first of several...

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For example, this is Monk's observation of a lighted room full of young gang members: ""A compressed thing of pain and fury, soon to spin off its spirochetes in erratic orbits to zoom, and eventually falter, in a universe of chaos."" Without the continual distractions of sloppy writing and/or edi...

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