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The long mile
Clyde W. Ford
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Desperation and hope fuel Ford's angry narrative concerning a wrongly convicted black detective, but no amount of action and bloodshed can make up for an overly familiar plot. After serving two years of a sentence for a murder he didn't commit, former NYPD detective John Shannon is let loose on appeal only to find that his 14-year-old son has been kidnapped. What happens next is thoroughly predictable, including plenty of gunplay and some dubious prison philosophy courtesy of Shannon's cellmate Charles Promise. The reader waits in vain for some innovation, some new twist we haven't encountered before amid the unrelievedly downbeat depiction of the underworld and its denizens. Alas, we've walked this long mile too many times before. Ford is also the author of the well-received study The Hero with an African Face: Mythic Wisdom of Traditional Africa. Agent, Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

After serving two years for a murder he did not commit, black ex-police detective John Shannon finds his conviction reversed. New charges may be filed, however, unless he agrees to join the city's new Office of Municipal Security. Fiercely independent, stubborn, temper-fueled, and mistrustful, Shannon instead takes off to look for his suddenly missing teenage son. Shannon's subsequent vigilante journey through drug-infested areas of Harlem underscores his resolve to find the real murderer, reconstitute his family, and restore his good name. Strong characterizations, authentic surrounds, and striking prose make this gritty, hard-boiled debut a good choice for most mystery and African American fiction collections, especially where Walter Mosley is popular. Ford lives in Bellingham, WA. [Midnight Ink is the new mystery imprint of Llewellyn Publications; see also Lynne Sholes and Joe Moore's The Grail Conspiracy and Nina Wright's Whiskey on the Rocks, reviewed on p. 60 and p. 59, respectively.--Ed.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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