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  1. 0 reviews 0 5 4 4 out of 5 stars 4/5
    5.3 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    The Red Storm is the first novel from licensed private-investigator-turned-novelist Grant Bywaters, sure to appeal to fans of PI novels and historical mysteries. Newly-minted private investigator William Fletcher is having trouble finding clientele. He’s not the only man out of work, but his past as a former heavyweight contender with a few shady connections—not to mention the color of his skin in race-obsessed New Orleans—isn’t helping lure clients to his door. Stuck without any viable alternative, he takes a case from an old criminal acquaintance, Storm. His only client assures him that the job is simple—locate his missing estranged daughter, Zella, no questions asked. But when Fletcher starts knocking on doors, he sets off a catastrophic chain of events that turns the city into a bloody battleground between two rival syndicates. Then Storm is murdered, and Fletcher finds himself caught between the police and dangerous mobsters. With Zella’s safety on the line, the unlikely private detective finds himself saddled with a lot more than he bargained for.

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    The Red Storm by Grant Bywaters

    The Red Storm

    5.3 hrs • 12/1/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.7 hrs • 11/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Dogs howl in the streets, running wild. Birds fall from the sky, dead. Even the sun itself is failing. Nothing about the world is as it was. Nothing can be trusted. Even the power is out. Everywhere. In everything. Evangelists stand on street corners asking if you’ve made your peace with god, because this is the end, isn’t it? All of the portents point to it. Our time is up. We are living in the middle of an extinction event. People are frightened. And it’s only going to get worse. As darkness descends, all hell breaks loose. Terrorists strike hard and fast, taking out the army base at Fort Hamilton, leaving the island of Manhattan vulnerable. There’s talk of an attack on the bridges and tunnels to isolate the island. No one is safe. No one knows what is happening. Jake Quinn is an NYC subway electrician. In another life he was Special Forces. Now he finds himself dragged into a world of conspiracy and danger by a woman he hasn’t spoken to in over a decade. Sandra Keane, his ex-girlfriend, is one of the few that knows what is going on. She has just turned against her paymasters, and now she’s running for her life through the streets of Paris with nowhere left to hide. As he emerges from beneath the city, Quinn finds two young men spraying graffiti across the subway station walls. These marks aren’t gang tags or band names, they are a message, a call to arms spelled out in a lost language. The Hidden are communicating with each other. Voices in a packed Times Square cry out: “Where are the warriors?” It is just one of the questions that haunts Jake Quinn as he is drawn deeper and deeper into a conspiracy hell-bent on bringing about the fall of man for profit. How do you fight an enemy you cannot see? How do you defeat ghosts? How do you stop some of the richest and most powerful men in the world when they own the shadows? And most important of all, how do you stay alive when the world around you is dying?

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    Sunfail by Steven Savile

    Sunfail

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    8.7 hrs • 11/3/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.0 hrs • 9/15/2015 • Unabridged

    Virgil Tibbs, the cool, highly-competent black detective of the Pasadena Police Department, returns one day to his bachelor apartment to find that it has been expertly stripped to the bare walls—not a thing remains to show that he has ever lived there. At headquarters he is given a cryptic note from Police Chief McGowan, sending him to a certain address in the better section of Pasadena. When he arrives he finds his possessions carefully installed in a fine new home. But that’s not all. The door is opened by a very attractive young woman who informs him that she is Mrs. Virgil Tibbs. He has never seen her before, and he certainly isn’t responsible for the two children who greet him as their father. Meanwhile, a brutal holdup is followed by an execution-type hanging of one of the bandits. More violence follows, and Pasadena’s ace homicide investigator is tested to the limits by a double assignment calling for every bit of his tact, skill, and discipline.

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    Then Came Violence

    6.0 hrs • 9/15/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.4 hrs • 2/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Professional bodyguard D Hunter takes a gig protecting rapper Asya Roc at an underground fight club in poverty-stricken Brownsville, Brooklyn. Unknown to D, the rapper has arranged to purchase illegal guns at the event. An acquaintance of D’s from the streets, Ice, turns out to be the courier. During the exchange a robbery is attempted, and Ice is wounded. D gets Asya Roc to safety but, now in possession of the illicit merchandise, finds himself being chased by two gunmen. When D and his pursuers run into a corrupt detective, a bloody shootout ensues. D, who has just moved back to Brooklyn after decades in Manhattan, finds himself involved in multiple mysteries. Who were the gunmen? Why were they after the guns? Who was being set up—Asya Roc or Ice? Meanwhile, he gets a much-needed paying assignment to track down the rarest soul music single ever recorded. With gentrifying Brooklyn as the backdrop, D works to unravel various mysteries—both criminal and musical—while coming to terms with the failure of his security company and the ghosts of his childhood in “old Brooklyn.” Like its predecessors The Accidental Hunter and The Plot against Hip Hop, The Lost Treasures of R&B uses pop music as the backdrop for a noir-flavored big-city tale.

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    The Lost Treasures of R&B by Nelson George

    The Lost Treasures of R&B

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    Read by Shayna Small
    5.4 hrs • 2/3/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 10.8 hrs • 9/23/2014 • Unabridged

    Rose Gold is two colors, one woman, and a big headache. In this new mystery set in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abductions, a black ex-boxer named Uhuru Nolica, the leader of a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth, has kidnapped Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, from her dorm at UC Santa Barbara. If they don’t receive the money, weapons, and apology they demand, “Rose Gold” will die—horribly and publicly. So the FBI, the State Department, and the LAPD turn to Easy Rawlins, the one man who can cross the necessary borders to resolve this dangerous standoff. With twelve previous adventures since 1990, Easy Rawlins is one of the small handful of private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called immortal. Rose Gold continues his ongoing and unique achievement in combining the mystery/private investigation genre with a rich social history of postwar Los Angeles—and not just the black parts of that sprawling city.

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  6. 5.3 hrs • 9/1/2014 • Unabridged

    The Plot against Hip Hop is a noir novel set in the world of hip-hop culture. The fatal stabbing of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard and security expert D Hunter, suspects there are larger forces at work. D Hunter’s investigation into his mentor’s murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hard-core fans suspect. This rewrite of hip-hop history mixes real-life figures with characters pulled from the culture’s hidden world, including Jay Z, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons.

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    The Plot against Hip Hop by Nelson George

    The Plot against Hip Hop

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    Read by Shayna Small
    5.3 hrs • 9/1/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 9.6 hrs • 7/15/2014 • Unabridged

    From the critically acclaimed author of Motor City, Detroit comes alive in a powerful and thrilling novel set amid the chaos of the 1960s race riots and the serenity of baseball’s opening day. Willie Bledsoe, once an idealistic young black activist, is now a burnt-out case. After leaving a snug berth at Tuskegee Institute to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he has become bitterly disillusioned with the civil rights movement and its leaders. He returns home to Alabama to try to write a memoir about his time in the cultural whirlwind, but the words fail to come. The surprise return of his Vietnam veteran brother in the spring of 1967 gives Willie a chance to drive a load of smuggled guns to the Motor City—and make enough money to jump-start his stalled dream of writing his memoir. There, at Tiger Stadium on Opening Day of the 1968 baseball season—postponed two days in deference to the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr.—Willie learns some terrifying news: the Detroit police are still investigating the last unsolved murder from the bloody, apocalyptic riot of the previous summer, and a white cop named Frank Doyle will not rest until the case is solved. And Willie is his prime suspect. Bill Morris’ rich and thrilling novel sets Doyle’s hunt amid the history of one of America’s most tortured and fascinating cities, as Doyle and Willie struggle with Detroit’s deep racial divide, with revenge and forgiveness, and with the realization that justice is rarely attainable—and rarely just.

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    Motor City Burning by Bill Morris

    Motor City Burning

    9.6 hrs • 7/15/14 • Unabridged
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    3.6 hrs • 5/27/2014 • Unabridged

    Detective James Wolf earned the nickname Lone Wolf from his inability to work with a partner. He’s a hard cop who doesn’t mind bending the rules to the breaking point to make a case, which is why Internal Affairs is digging in his backyard, looking for buried bones. People are starting to wonder which side of the law the Lone Wolf really hunts for. With his career hanging by a thread, he needs a major show of good faith to stay employed and out of prison. That’s when he gets the call. From the moment he arrives at the crime scene, Detective Wolf knows he’s in over his head. He’s a narcotics detective called in to consult on a homicide, but this is no ordinary homicide—a priest was butchered in his own church, the body left behind with a promise of more to follow. The only lead is the killer’s calling card: a black lotus flower. Detective Wolf now has the opportunity to wipe his service record clean, in exchange for tracking and stopping the Black Lotus before the next victim is claimed. Accepting this assignment was Wolf’s attempt to get Internal Affairs off his back. But when his hunt for the Black Lotus leads him to a cold case from his past, it becomes personal.

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    Black Lotus by K’wan

    Black Lotus

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    Read by Cary Hite
    3.6 hrs • 5/27/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 10.2 hrs • 3/18/2014 • Unabridged

    At Cape Three Points on the beautiful Ghanaian coast, a canoe washes up at an oil rig site. The two bodies in the canoe—who turn out to be a prominent, wealthy middle-aged couple—have obviously been murdered; the way Mr. Smith-Aidoo has been gruesomely decapitated suggests the killer was trying to send a specific message—but what and to whom? The Smith-Aidoos, pillars in their community, are mourned by everyone, but especially by their niece Sapphire, a successful pediatric surgeon in Ghana’s capital, Accra. She is not happy that months have passed since the murder and the rural police have made no headway. When the federal police finally agree to get involved, Detective Inspector Darko Dawson of the Accra police force is sent out to investigate. Pretty as the coast is, he is not happy to be sent away from his wife and two sons, the younger of whom is recovering from a heart operation. And the more he learns about the case, the more convoluted and dangerous it becomes. Three Points has long been inhabited by tribal villages of subsistence fishers, but real estate entrepreneurs and wealthy oil companies have been trying to bribe the tribes to move out. Dawson unearths a host of motives for murder, from personal vendettas to corporate conspiracies.

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    Murder at Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey
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  10. 2.7 hrs • 7/16/2013 • Unabridged

    Pappy tries to break out of the game before the head of his crew, Black, gets them all killed. Against his better judgment Pappy agrees to do one last job, but only because it’s the price of his freedom. He knows Black can’t be trusted. He knows his “brother” would rather see him dead than let him walk away. Yet he still agrees to do the job because Black isn’t the only one who can’t be trusted. Sometimes you have to kill for what you want. Further developing the stark realism and uncompromising streetwise narratives of his lyrics, HNIC cements Prodigy’s position as one of the foremost chroniclers of contemporary urban life. Simultaneously a fast-paced crime drama and an engrossing, unsentimental moral tale, it peers into the dark heart that underpins the codes of loyalty and friendship, betrayal and vengeance. With H.N.I.C., Prodigy inaugurates Infamous Books, a revolutionary partnership that pairs the Infamous Records brand with Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. Infamous Books’ mission is to connect readers worldwide to crime fiction and street lit authors both familiar and new.

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    H.N.I.C. by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson

    H.N.I.C.

    By Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, with Steven Savile
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    2.7 hrs • 7/16/13 • Unabridged
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  11. 10.1 hrs • 5/14/2013 • Unabridged

    When Walter Mosley burst onto the literary scene in 1990 with his first Easy Rawlins mystery, Devil in a Blue Dress—a combustible mixture of Raymond Chandler and Richard Wright—he captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of readers (including future president Bill Clinton). Eleven books later, Easy Rawlins is one of the few private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called iconic and immortal. In the incendiary and fast-paced Little Green, he returns from the brink of death to investigate the dark side of Los Angeles’ 1960s hippie haven, the Sunset Strip. We last saw Easy in 2007’s Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough World War II veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of Los Angeles, in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander “Little Green” Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called “gator’s blood,” brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.  Written with Mosley’s signature grit and panache, this engrossing and atmospheric mystery is not only a trip back in time, it is also a tough-minded exploration of good and evil, and of the power of guilt and redemption. Once again, Easy asserts his reign over the City of (Fallen) Angels.

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  12. 8.4 hrs • 6/26/2012 • Unabridged

    Beautiful, brainy, and tough-as-nails, single mom and bail recovery agent turned sleuth Angel Crawford has a lot on her plate. But between crime-solving and kindergarten carpool, it’s all in a day’s work. Ordered to take a vacation, Angel gives in—and sets out to solve the mystery that’s got her living on the edge: a disturbing delivery and haunting message that transports her back to the tragic day her fiancée, Gabriel Hwang, was murdered. Convinced the trail to the killer is no longer cold after six long years, Angel embarks on a hunt for the truth that propels her into Atlanta’s secretive speakeasy society, the annual Running of the Brides, and a romp around a swamp with a handsome US Marshall that may ruin her future with Pastor Justus Morgan. That is, providing she has a future.

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  13. 8.1 hrs • 1/24/2012 • Unabridged

    In the latest and most surprising novel in the bestselling Leonid McGill series, Leonid finds himself caught between his sins of the past and an all-too-vivid present. Seven years ago, Zella Grisham came home to find her man, Harry Tangelo, in bed with her friend. The weekend before, $6.8 million had been stolen from Rutgers Assurance Corp., whose offices are across the street from where Zella worked. Zella didn't remember shooting Harry, but she didn't deny it either. The district attorney was inclined to call it temporary insanity—until the police found $80,000 from the Rutgers heist hidden in her storage space. For reasons of his own, Leonid McGill is convinced of Zella's innocence. But as he begins his investigation, his life begins to unravel. His wife is drinking more than she should. His oldest son has dropped out of college and moved in with an ex-prostitute. His youngest son is working for him and trying to stay within the law. And his father, whom he thought was long dead, has turned up under an alias. A gripping story of murder, greed, and retribution, All I Did Was Shoot My Man is also the poignant tale of one man's attempt to stay connected to his family.

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