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Color of Justice Mass Market Paperback – November 5, 2002
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.
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 Fletcher
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Since he's from Detroit I guess he's representing his city which is cool. Usually the books I read the story takes place in either California or New York.
So it was nice to learn about Detroit, and he was descriptive when he was describing the ways of Detroit, I felt like a tourist visiting the city for a tour or something... I liked how the author mixed in his experiences being a lawyer and the justice system into the book. I don't know that much about law but I got to understand a little better from the standpoint of this book.
The main character of the book is Danny Cavanaugh who's a white cop who grew up in Detroit around black people, so he's learn their mannerisms and talks like a black man ( which I thouht was peculiar, but it made for a good storyline).
Danny has to catch a serial killer who's been preying on the black elite of Detroit, and while on this mission he comes to terms with his own issues concerning race and class.
Again, I thought the storyline was good, I would recommend for anyone to read the book if you can by pass the many typos. I'm an avid mystery reader and am always interested in reading mysteries with african-americans.
I plan to read " Supreme Justice" once I get a chance.
The case. A string of murders of members of the black elite.
The challenge. Danny must come to terms with the death of his mother, his psyche, and in the process solve this case before it's too late.
This was my first Gary Hardwick novel, and I was pleasantly surprised by his writing style. He grabs you at page one. He doesn't let go until you close the book after reading the last page. This novel was a great read that contained all the ingredients of a good mystery/suspense. Strong characterizations, fast paced- plot, and a lesson about race make Color of Justice a 5 star read.
Race aside, this is a mystery where affluent blacks are being killed by a serial killer. It is up to Danny and his two partners to find out who that killer is. The intricacies of the mystery are interesting and the reader is lead down a road of thoughtfulness on the way to the discovery of the killer.
This was a fun read.