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Too beautiful to die
Glenville Lovell
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From Publishers' Weekly:

MysteryTOO BEAUTIFUL TO DIEGlenville Lovell. Putnam, $23.95 (296p) ISBN 0-399-15048-X ~ A melodramatic plot and histrionic dialogue, plus some racial and gender stereotyping that some readers may find offensive, tarnish Lovell's (Song of Night) otherwise suspenseful and engaging mystery. Black New York ex-cop Blades Overstreet gets seduced into the dangerous enterprise of helping alluring soap-opera star "Precious" find her long-lost father. Since Overstreet is already in the bad graces of the NYPD/FBI for accusing a fellow officer of shooting him "by accident" because of his color during a buy-and-bust operation, hostility toward Overstreet skyrockets when he stumbles on a murdered FBI agent. Attempting to grapple with issues of race and ethnic "otherness," the novel overdoes such references and, ironically, undermines their message with slurs such as the assertion that Jamaican women "prefer to ride the dick all night." Moreover, the author heaps crude metaphors like "I didn't realize this shit was going to become hotter than a hooker's ass" on top of clichEs like "To taste her was to eat a ripe, full-bodied fig." In between scenes of repulsively gruesome violence, the male characters brag in the crassest terms about their sexual successes. This is a book for macho crime fans only. (July 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Lovell is apparently tiring of the literary fiction he has been writing (not to mention the award-winning plays). In this African American noir, a black ex-cop finds himself the object of a manhunt when he takes on the simplest of jobs: helping a stunning star from the soaps find her dad. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Trying to win back his alienated wife; resigned from the NYPD over a shooting he doesn't consider accidental.

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