Black Hornet by James Sallis

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During the racial turbulence of the sixties, after a sniper kills his companion, a white woman, detective Lew Griffin must make of sense of this murder with the help of a mixed group of allies.
 

About James Sallis

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James Sallis is a poet, music critic, biographer, and author. A lifelong student of the work of Chester Himes, he lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Published October 1, 1994 by Carroll & Graf Pub. 154 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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But since the man at the helm is Sallis, the poet of inconsequence, you can't tell just how far Lew will get in his quest: Even though the trail of victims and the tight time frame make this his most linear adventure yet, it's never certain whether his conversations with Black Power leaders and m...

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Sallis is a talented translator, critic and author of three Lew Griffin detective novels, but this experimental novel of a writer's life and loves is sadly cliched.

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With two fine crime works in the tales of black operative Lew Griffin (Moth and The Long-Legged Fly), Sallis here delivers another: a prequel and a grim, utterly absorbing novel set in 1960s New Orleans.

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