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Do or Die Mass Market Paperback – May 29, 2001
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Bertha, my 20-year friend, owns Bertha's Beauty Salon and is a reliable source of street news, gossip, and any scandal worth repeating. She has been on the same location on Eighth Avenue years before it was renamed for Frederick Douglass, and she doesn't have to poke her head out the door to catch a whisper. It flows in automatically as early as 7 a.m., when the regulars from Miss Laura's luncheonette arrive with breakfast and news hotter than grits.Rumor has it that Starr's death was a brutal payback for her efforts to distance herself from Short Change, her one-time pimp and supplier. But when Short Change is gunned down and the prints of Travis Morgan, a prominent Harlem businessman, turn up on the knife that killed Starr, respectable and not-so-respectable worlds start colliding--and the clash will have Mali fighting for her life.
Edwards's novels tend to be more successful as social history than as mystery. A jumble of characters and incidents muddies the plot, but the author's carefully rendered portrait of Harlem's streets and language carries an unmistakable glow of authenticity. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ms. Edwards rich knowledge of New York's Harlem (historical and current) and the greats in jazz make this series a virtual escapade of memorable sights and sounds. If you enjoy Charlotte Carter's Nanette Hayes Mystery series (including "Rhode Island Red," "Coq Au Vin," and "Drumsticks"), you'll thoroughly enjoy Mali Anderson and the other vivid characters that Ms. Edwards' magic pen creates.
However, her tranquillity ends when her father and a close friend Ozzie Hendrix share a gig at Club Harlem. Someone slit the throat of Ozzie's daughter, leaving the man totally distraught and nearly broken. Mali's father tries to console his musician friend, but Ozzie soon disappears. Almost simultaneously, his daughter's ex-pimp is found murdered. Mali believes Ozzie went over the edge and killed the person he felt murdered his beloved child. Mali begins her own investigation hoping to find out that Ozzie is innocent before the police arrest him for murder in the first degree.
The heroine is a strong, independent African-American who knows how to work within the system to change it for the better. She makes a great role model for all people regardless of race or gender. Mali stars in an exciting who-done-it in which she shows how much she cares for her loved ones and friends even when she questions their innocence. Grace T. Edwards has penned a thought provoking mystery in DO OR DIE in which the obvious suspect could not have done the crime. The fourth Mali Anderson novel is a triumphant urban mystery that will bring much sattisfaction to sub-genre fans.
Kimbereley Wilson, author of 11 Things Mama Should Have Told You About Men.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the character Mali Anderson. A little hardheaded but determined to get to the bottom of things. An easy read and before I know it I'm almost finished with the book. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by GEM
This book was extremely slow and boring. It just goes on and on about Mali walking her dog at night into the streets of Harlem with excruciating details about every single store,... Read morePublished on December 28, 2006 by T. O.
I enjoyed reading this book by Grace F. Edwards. It was very enjoyable and i recommend it to anyone and everyone. Read morePublished on February 20, 2001 by Kathleen