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.
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 15 months ago 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