Color of Justice

Author: Gary Hardwick
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2002
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 400
Isbn10 Code: 0380818841
Isbn13 Code: 9780061435904

From Publishers Weekly A provocative examination of race fires up this otherwise lukewarm crime drama. Set in Detroit, the book opens with the torture murder of a wealthy black couple, John and Lenora Baker, pillars of the city's African-American society. The case falls to homicide detective Danny Cavanaugh, a white cop raised as the only Caucasian kid in a black neighborhood. Cavanaugh possesses a deep understanding of black culture that gives him an instinctual edge in sorting through the suspects, all of whom invested in a cash-eating Internet company that went belly up. The case, however, shifts suddenly when another member of Detroit's black power circle is killed in the same way as the Bakers. It dawns on Cavanaugh that all the victims have been light-skinned blacks, those who often find the most favor with the white population and sometimes elicit the most scorn from blacks with darker complexions. Cavanaugh finds himself not only plowing into a politically sensitive case but one that leads down a prickly racial path. Hardwick's fourth Detroit-based thriller satisfyingly recycles some cast members from previous books (Supreme Justice; Double Dead) and features compelling scenes of racial conflict and personal strife, but the narrative moves haltingly. In the end, things only fall into place upon the clunky merging of two subplots and a few wide-eyed coincidences. Cavanaugh could be a fine protagonist once Hardwick adjusts some of the more abrasive aspects of his character, but he deserves a tighter, smoother-flowing plot as vehicle. 4-city author tour. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From Racial issues abound in this sensitive sequel to Supreme Justice (1999). Hardwick's complex, conflicted, but gutsy cop hero, Detective Danny Cavanaugh, of Detroit's Special Crimes Unit (called "the Sewer" because the unit must solve the worst crimes), is a white cop with a record for being violent ("overzealous" in department jargon) in a predominantly black city. As the enforced visits to the department shrink reveal, Cavanaugh's attitudes toward race are problematic for a cop. All his festering problems bubble up when he's assigned to catch the architect of a crime spree that targets wealthy African Americans. Hardwick presents an unflinching picture of how race plays out on the streets and in the police. He paints unforgettable pictures of gutted-out cityscapes, and he is also a brilliant urban sociologist, noting, for example, that the proliferation of fast-food joints is the surest sign of urban despair. Thought-provoking crime fiction. Connie FletcherCopyright