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Resurrecting Langston Blue (CJ Floyd Mystery Series) Hardcover – September 29, 2005

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Book 4 of 8 in the C. J. Floyd Series

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Carmen Nguyen escaped Vietnam as a toddler and, as an emergency-room doctor, has achieved a measure of success against long odds. Her father was an American serviceman, Langston Blue, who may or may not have deserted during a clandestine operation, but about whom nothing has been known for 40 years. Nguyen had assumed he was dead, but it turns out he may be alive and in danger. Nguyen hires Denver investigator CJ Floyd and his partner, Flora Jean Benson, a former marine intelligence sergeant, to find her father. Using her contacts in military intelligence, Benson learns Blue abandoned a rogue operation, and the other survivors of the mission may want him dead to ensure their involvement will never be revealed. This fourth Floyd mystery--Nguyen previously appeared in the stand-alone Heat Shock (2003)--is a paranoid conspiracy theorist's dream come true. Or maybe it's a nightmare. Either way, it's an entertaining, white-knuckle thrill ride with the powers that be. Wes Lukowsky
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"Robert Greer's writing becomes more powerful with each novel."- Playboy"Greer relaxes into a lean, loose style that fits his Western mysteries like a beat-up pair of lizard-skin boots."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review"Greer joins Walter Mosley in opening the mystery genre to the black experience."-The Rocky Mountain News"The energy just leaps off the page...the characters are well-drawn, the scenarios compelling and evocative—think of Dashiell Hammet and Chester Himes in a pickup truck."-Austin Chronicle
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Product Details

  • Series: CJ Floyd Mystery Series
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Books (September 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583941363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583941362
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,163,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thirty-five years ago, Vietnam Veteran Langston Blue witnessed an atrocity of war that sent him into self-imposed exile to keep from being murdered. He would have remained in hiding in his West Virginia back woods cabin forever, but was contacted by someone claiming to be his daughter. He'd been told his wife was murdered, so he didn't see how he could have a daughter. Unsure what to do, his choices are reduced when his cabin is blown up. Now fearing that this woman may actually be his child, he makes his way across country to Colorado to make sure the people who are after him aren't after his child.

Bail bondsman CJ Floyd was hired by Carmen Nguyen to find her father, Langston Blue. Carmen thought her father had deserted her, but found out from her aunt that he never knew about her. Her aunt also told her that a popular politician is one of the reasons Langston went into hiding. After Carmen and Langston are reunited, the politician ends up dead and the police believe Langston is the murderer. To clear Langston, CJ must solve the mystery of what happened thirty-five years ago.

Mr. Greer's style of writing is smooth and fast-paced, which made for quick reading of this almost 400 page novel. You know you've read a good murder mystery when you finally find out whom the killer is and you want to slap yourself for not figuring it out. RESURRECTING LANGSTON BLUE had me in that spot. Mr. Greer had several plot lines rolling at the same time. The lines started at one spot, gradually separated, then merged to end the book with a bang.

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In Robert Greer's latest novel, bail bondsman CJ Floyd journeys down "Memory Lane" to revisit the atrocities of the Viet Nam conflict. CJ is retained by a recently engaged Amerasian, to locate her father, Langston Blue, who has sequestered himself in the remote hills of West Virginia after his discharge from the Army nearly 35 years before. Coincidentally, a botched assassination attempt on Blue's life forces him to Denver to attempt to locate his long-lost daughter at around the same time that the city mourns the recent murder of a popular congressman.

Floyd quickly discovers that the dead congressman is Blue's former squad leader from his old Army unit. The plot thickens when the police connect Blue to the murder. Floyd's role turns defensive as he searches for clues to prove Blue's innocence and discovers evidence of political corruption, covert military death squads, shady journalism, and suspicions of ethnic cleansing. The plot is further complicated by conflicts in Floyd's romantic relationship with long-time girlfriend, Mavis, his desire to retire, and a vengeful ex-convict who blames Floyd for her brother's death and is out to exact her revenge on Floyd and his loved ones.

This was my first time reading a CJ Floyd mystery and I found the story to be engaging and suspenseful; albeit a bit lengthy and heavy on dialogue. Nonetheless, I think fans of the series will be delighted with this offering.

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I have read all of Robert Greer's novels and I love his style of writing. He seems to put you in the scenery where you can feel the surroundings weaving you into the locale he is writing about. He is another underrated author.
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I have enjoyed following Robert O Greer telling us the exploits of protagonist C J Floyd; each novel reveals a bit more fully the colorful character and depth of personality => especially as mirrored by the multi-dimensional supporting cast C J Floyd surrounds himself.

I found Langston Blue the best book yet in the series, riveting, well researched => the topics Greer covers make one think as well as be entertained.
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