Only the Wicked by Gary Phillips

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Ivan Monk chases a mystery deep into America’s shameful past
Half a century ago, Old Man Spears was a hero of the ballpark. In an age when baseball was segregated, he played in the Negro Leagues, providing hope for a generation of oppressed African Americans. Decades after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line, Spears is an old man in a barbershop straining to hear the game on the radio. An offhanded comment about a former teammate, Kennesaw Riles, shocks private eye Ivan Monk, who has deeply buried memories of a ball-playing relative by that name. But before he can pick the old man’s brain, Spears drops dead. A few days later, Kennesaw Riles follows suit. To understand the pair of deaths, Monk digs into the history of his family and his country. He follows the mystery to Mississippi blues country, where he’s forced to confront a brand of hatred that he thought had died with Jim Crow.

About Gary Phillips

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Phillips is a community activist and organizer and is currently the political director of an electoral campaign.
Published December 27, 2011 by Road. 250 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Austin Chronicle

Phillips himself has family ties in the rural Texas Hill Country and, like Monk, drives a restored classic Sixties lead sled, has always admired the work of Marvel Comics artist Jack Kirby, always seeks a deeper, broader meaning to crimes and injustices and other events in his community, and work...

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