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Up jumped the devil
Blair S. Walker
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Walker introduces African American sleuth Darryl Billups in a debut marred by awkward writing and sloppy characterization. Billups, the police reporter for the Baltimore Herald, receives a series of anonymous telephone calls warning him that the Baltimore NAACP office will be bombed and that a prominent Baltimore philanthropist and NAACP supporter will be shot. Billups notifies the police and the newspaper but does nothing to investigate the calls. Meanwhile, alternating chapters follow the activities of fanatic Mark Dillard and his blundering four-man gang of neo-Nazis who would be laughable if they weren't so vicious: they manage to kill an undercover cop; they kill the philanthropist; and they bomb a sanitation department garage. The anonymous caller finally reveals more information about the bombing, forcing Billups to take some action to stop Dillard's group. Billups is a sorry excuse for a hero who spends his time ranting against his editor and romancing a young woman instead of investigating the case. While the third-person narrative that follows Dillard is merely plain, Billups's narration illustrates all the dangers of having a sleuth tell his own tale: cocky, self-centered and vain, he displays no wit or irony, no surprising soft spot or anything else that might make a reader want to indulge him.(Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this debut mystery by the coauthor of Why Should All the White Guys Have All the Fun? (LJ 11/1/94), black reporter Darryl Billups covers the police beat for a white-owned Baltimore newspaper but has learned to handle his obnoxious boss. He begins receiving mysterious phone calls warning of murder and the impending bombing of the NAACP national headquarters by members of a neo-Nazi group. The narrative, meanwhile, traces the nefarious activities of one Mark Dillard, white supremacist. Despite Billups's own call to police, the murder occurs, galvanizing the reporter‘and police‘into action. Laconic prose and a scattershot approach to plot, though, may deter readers. For larger collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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