Thinner, Blonder, Whiter by Elizabeth Maguire
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This dashing debut novel opens with Julia Moran at the height of the publishing world and at the center of New York culture. As editor of the country’s most prominent African-American writers, Julia is the white queen of black literature—she’s also sleeping with its reigning king, Samuel Reid. His bestselling book—which she coauthored—has made his support essential for any candidate’s appeal to black voters in the current mayoral race. While candidates squabble over the issues, one issue takes top priority: improving the city’s education. When a friend of Julia’s turns up murdered and Samuel Reid mysteriously disappears, Julia leaves her day job in a quest for the truth. Ultimately, Julia emerges as a woman ready to tackle whatever may lie in her path.

About Elizabeth Maguire

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Maguire has held a variety of executive publishing positions and is now associate publisher of Basic Books. She works and lives in New York City.
Published May 10, 2002 by Carroll & Graf. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When they find gentle, wouldn’t-hurt-a-fly Fitz stuffed into the freezer of New York’s Pan American Hotel, Julia Moran’s uncertain world begins tilting toward crash.

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Maguire's cunning social portraiture may dampen the suspense, but most readers will be mesmerized as Julia cruises the black wine-and-cheese circuit, bar-crawls with her lesbian co-worker, Mel, and noshes on precinct coffee and corned beef with detective Thomas Lynch, who is investigating both Fi...

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