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The Rap Factor Paperback – February 15, 1996
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Leaving Paris, Serge Gorodish and Alba behind, Delacorta ( Diva ; Luna ; Lola ; Alba ) tries something new: setting his neo-pop thriller in the rap-music subculture of sweltering Miami. Zulu, the lusty and ultra-cool mixed-race detective, aided by trusty sidekicks Lita and Roy ("everything between us ran as smoothly as synchronized orgasms"), is called upon to investigate the apparent murder of "Princess" Bashma, the hard-living queen of Miami rap. If Delacorta's style is wholly derivative of Chandler, the plot--involving Bashma's prostitute sister Mona and Haitian Voodoo--is so soigne and atmospheric that one hardly minds. At the same time, a number of faux pas quickly establish Delacorta as a stranger to Miami--detective Zulu is described as "the best lay on the Gulf of Mexico," though Miami is on the Atlantic--and consequently the story, after failing to establish its own credibility, collapses into Miami Vice -style violent sexist nonsense. One wonders how the darling of the downtown literary set, translator Catherine Texier ( Love Me Tender ; Panic Blood ), could get involved in such a project.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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He doesn't have any of what it takes to 1) write rap lyrics, 2) write American underworld characters, 3) write American metropolitan feel. I showed up giving him the benefit of every doubt, and he disappointed again and again. I don't know if this nadir of his career has led to retirement or not, but it wouldn't surprise me.
My sweet Lord, the rap lyrics were so awful that at first I thought he was satirizing them.