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Ardella Garland
Adult Fiction GARLAND

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From Publishers' Weekly:

African-American TV journalist Georgia Barnett makes her debut in a mystery chiefly notable for its heroine's sassy sense of humor. At the scene of a South Side Chicago gang killing, Georgia interviews on camera an important eyewitness, a little black girl named Butter. After Butter is kidnapped, Georgia's guilt drives her to seek the girl's abductors. Helping and hindering in this hunt are a local preacher, Georgia's superiors at the television station and handsome cop Doug Eckart, with whom she quickly falls into a predictable, innuendo-laced give and take. The author (Falling Leaves of Ivy; Bebe's by Golly Wow, etc.) is less adept at plotting a mystery than she is at presenting an overly knowing black romantic fiction reminiscent of Terry McMillan. Which of the two rival gangs, the Rock Disciples or the Gangster Bandits, actually seized Butter is in truth pretty much anyone's guess, while the constant fibbing to which the career-addicted Doug and Georgia subject each other prior to the florid scenes of passion gets tiresome fast. The extreme youth of the killers and victims adds some poignancy, as do the drugs, poverty and helplessness with which they constantly battle. Somewhere inside this coy work there's a serious message struggling to get out. Agent, Victoria Sanders. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Inveterate Chicago TV reporter Georgia Barnett prides herself on scooping other local stations. A gang-related double murder and a retaliatory drive-by shooting in her own old neighborhood grab her time and attention, especially after a gang snatches a six-year-old eyewitness she interviewed on TV. Driven by guilt but thriving on the job-related stress, Georgia competes with a hunky police detective to find the girl. An attitudinal, upbeat black heroine and fast-moving prose make this a keeper despite a flippant narrative edge that shows every now and again. A new series by the author also known as Yolanda Joe. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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