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The Devil's Red Nickel (C J Floyd Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: C J Floyd Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446605921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446605922
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,106,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

If you haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting C. J. Floyd, Robert Greer's Denver-based bail bondsman and private eye, you've now got two chances. The latest Floyd adventure, which explores the death of a black musical legend named Daddy Doo-Wop, offers a wealth of detail on everything from the record business to sex change operations. And available in paperback is Greer's heralded debut novel, The Devil's Hatband, a lively outing set amongst the environmentalist movement in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Doo-Wop Polk was one of the first great black disc jockeys. From Chicago radio station WPTN, he captivated black America with his unique patter and his ear for the hippest rhythm and blues. He survived payola and Mob influence, but he didn't survive an apparent heart attack that left him on a slab at Denver General Hospital with bail bondsman C. J. Floyd's business card in his pocket. Convinced that their father was murdered, Polk's adult children hire Floyd to find the killer. As Floyd delves deeper into the case, he not only finds the ghosts of Polk's business past but also a family tree with one whole branch labeled "suspects." Floyd's second appearance portends good things for the series. He's tough, resourceful, and remarkably self-aware but also surprisingly naive in his relationships with women. He's a hard-boiled hero in the mold of Spade and Archer; the only difference is that his milieu comes from the heart of the African American experience. Outstanding mystery fare. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
THE DEVIL'S RED NICKEL offers a quirky array of characters in an unusual setting. I really liked the R&B vibe. Definitely worth checking out.
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If you like the Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosely, you'll enjoy the CJ Floyd mysteries as well. Dr. Greer isn't quite the craftsman that Mr. Mosley is, but he weaves a good tale. I've never been to Denver anywhere in Colorado, but people I know from there feel like these books capture the flavor of the city and state, particularly during the era of the stories. So, for a writer, who is also a surgical specialist, Robert O. Greer crafts enjoyable pulp fiction.
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