The Skull Cage Key by Michel Marriott
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Chinese New Year, 2042. Armstrong, an upwardly mobile Harlem resident, is out celebrating with his boss (and lover) when they’re assaulted in her hotel room. She ends up in the Jacuzzi minus her head; the cops are convinced he’s to blame. Armstrong goes on the lam, dodging the cops while trying to figure out exactly what happened that night. Answers come in the form of Oona, a sultry sex worker with an unexpectedly deep reservoir of information. As Armstrong digs for the whole story, a disgraced ex-cop is invited back to the force to combat a powerful designer drug that’s all the rage with the young, rich, and bored. As the two men’s paths draw inexorably together, the story behind the new drug becomes clearer — and far more sinister. This absorbing debut novel is a dark, erotic thriller with a powerful sci-fi kick.

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MICHEL MARRIOTT writes for the New York Times, covering stories on youth culture, race, music, film, and high-technology. His series on young car thieves in Newark, New Jersey, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was the basis for the film New Jersey Drive. In 2001, he was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and MIT to study the relationship between high-technology and culture. Mr. Marriott is married and has three children. He lives in Manhattan.
Published March 1, 2008 by Agate Bolden. 350 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pressed into action by his former partner, Reagan soon finds his path converging with Army, the mysterious woman seen by Army and a host of sinister drug dealers with equally sinister plans.

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