Harlem Redux by Persia Walker
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It is 1926, the heart of the Roaring Twenties, and Harlem is the place to be. Years after dropping out of Harlem society, David McKay, a handsome lawyer from a prominent Strivers' Row family, returns home, devastated by the news of his sister's suicide.

Why did Lilian take her life? Why did she marry a man she barely knew, giving him a claim to the family home? Why did she feel compelled to keep her marriage a secret?

Burdened by a secret of his own, McKay dares to stay in Harlem to stave off the threat to his family home and answer questions about Lilian's death. He rediscovers the world of the Harlem Renaissance, a place of suffocating class strictures, seductive patrons, and aristocratic civil rights leaders. His inquiry takes him from the wealthy salons of Renaissance Harlem to the crowded tenements of its poor. He uncovers old loves and festering hatreds.

The deeper he probes, the closer he comes to unleashing forces that threaten to reveal his own crippling secret — one that could destroy or redeem him.

This gripping 1920s murder mystery, taut and lyrical, combining elements of the suspense and hard-boiled genres, evokes the mystique of Harlem's most fascinating era. Absorbing and powerful, Harlem Redux combines incisive comment on race and class with a tragic tale of unrequited love.

About Persia Walker

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Persia Walker is the author of the 1920s Jazz Age novels "Harlem Redux, " which the "Boston Globe" called "a full, vibrant portrait of that storied era when Harlem's pulse was the rhythm of black America"; and "Darkness and the Devil Behind Me." Her short story "Such A Lucky, Pretty Girl" appears in the anthology "The Blue Religion." A native New Yorker fluent in German, she is a former news writer for the Associated Press.
Published May 9, 2011 by Blood Vintage Press. 352 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, McKay meets up with Rachel, a childhood friend turned old flame who reveals that she’d become pregnant by McKay and given birth to his child not long after he went underground—a little girl who later died of tuberculosisnot.

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Like a character in a Nero Wolfe caper, David visits Lilian's haunts and quizzes her new friends, unraveling a host of dark secrets about her while also learning about the Harlem art world and nightlife.

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Reviewing the Evidence

This first novel takes the reader into the heart of Harlem and black culture and society during the 1920s.

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Reviewing the Evidence

This ambitious first novel sets its story in 1920s Harlem.

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Red Room

Persia Walker busts on the literary scene burnin' rubber and smokin' with her debut novel, Harlem Redux, a multi-faceted fictional tapestry.

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