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Monkology : the Ivan Monk stories
Gary Phillips
Adult Fiction PHILLIP

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Firmly rooted in the hard-boiled tradition, these 13 stories from Phillips (Bangers, etc.) showcase the cool exuberance of black Los Angeles PI Ivan Monk, whose family connections tend to prod him into taking cases no one in his right mind would investigate. Nostalgia is a recurrent theme, as in "Through the Fog Softly," which introduces Monk's father, Josiah Monk, as a soldier in Korea, and in Monk's love of 1950s and '60s cars. Some tales verge on fantasy, such as "The King Alfred Plan," which imagines a scheme to round up blacks into concentration camps. A pseudo-screenplay, "Bring Me the Head of Osama Bin-Laden," is the weakest effort in an otherwise strong collection. At his best, Monk displays something of the cockiness of Robert Parker's Spenser and the racial awareness of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins. Monk has a toughness all his own, however, and a noir sensibility shines brightly in stories like "Lowball" and "The Raiders." (Aug.) FYI: Bonus items include an 18-page photo insert, "Ivan Monk's L.A." and an eight-track CD featuring the author doing a stand-up comedy routine and reading three of his stories. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Ivan Monk
Age: 40s
African American
Owns a donut shop.
Private investigator

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