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Dead by popular demand : a Harlem noir featuring Devil Barnett
Teddy Hayes
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Introduced in Hayes's Blood Red Blues (2004), Devil Barnett leaves his headquarters at the Be-Bop Tavern for a second entertaining tough-guy prowl through the dangerous underbelly of Harlem. When two members of the breakout British rap band Dancehall Dogz are viciously murdered, Devil, a former wet-ops hitman for the CIA, gets on the case. Against a music business backdrop of remix fees and "cleans," promotional CDs that often end up for sale in record stores, Devil encounters a cast that includes crooked ministers, crack whores and band managers who "wouldn't have the brains to manage Elvis if he came back from the dead." A sidetrip to London derails the action briefly, but when the setting is Harlem, the reading is fast and fun. Agent, Bob Silverstein at Quicksilver Books. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Ex-CIA agent-turned-PI Barnett is back, unearthing the dirt behind the death of two members of a top rap group in this "hot-blooded, hip-hop" follow-up to Blood Red Blues. Hayes lives in Cleveland. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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