The Burning by Frank Norwood

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A rookie cop, a teenaged black mother, a pathological Vietnam veteran, a demoralized engineer, and a gang leader are swept up in an urban riot touched off by the death of an elderly black man guarded by the police. 35,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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Published May 1, 1995 by The Dial Press. 293 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Shadows dance, flames fan wide, and sirens wail in LA's inner city when heavy-handed police action sparks a riot and a night of mayhem ensues--in this multifaceted and earnest, if uneven, debut from social-worker Norwood.

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As Norwood pins Asian merchants, white transients and black officials to the page without apology, blame or excuse, he yields insight into how such an event can come to pass without pretending to provide any answers.

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