Inner City Blues by Paula L. Woods
A Charlotte Justice Novel (Charlotte Justice Novels)

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This debut novel in a new series featuring black LAPD homicide detective Charlotte Justice will make mystery fans wanna holler — with delight.

Meet Detective Charlotte Justice, a black woman in the very white, very male, and sometimes very racist 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 young 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. Aubrey Scott.

In Charlotte Justice, Paula L. Woods has created a tough, tart, but also vulnerable heroine sure to draw comparisons to such classic figures as Easy Rawlins and Kinsey Milhone, but a true original as well.

About Paula L. Woods

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Paula L. Woods is the author of Inner City Blues and Stormy Weather. She is also the editor of the acclaimed anthology Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime, and Suspense Fiction of the 20th Century, and three other books. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her boxer. She invites readers to visit her Web site at
Published July 1, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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When the City of Angels goes haywire following the beating of Reginald Denny, the last person you want to be is a black detective in the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division.

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In this energetic, tough-talking debut, African American cop Charlotte Justice works the streets during and immediately after the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King verdict. The action starts

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Detective Charlotte Justice, a bright black woman, traveling in a busload of exhausted fellow policemen who have been trying to restore some sort of order to a city gone mad, is trying to keep her mouth shut during the racist sexist rant by a fellow detective, Mike Cooper.

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Detective Charlotte Justice is a black, female police officer in the white male dominated Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD in the early 1990s.

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