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Strange bedfellows : a Charlotte Justice novel
Paula L. Woods
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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Woods's searing fourth Charlotte Justice novel (after 2003's Dirty Laundry), the troubled, hot-tempered LAPD detective looks into an attack on politically connected Chuck Zuccari, the elderly head of a successful toy company; his pregnant young wife, Alma; and their business associates, intellectual African-American Muslims Malik and Habiba Shareef. It's a complicated case: Zuccari's dysfunctional family and business are rife with infighting; his company is being defrauded; the FBI is investigating the too squeaky-clean Shareefs. Meanwhile, Charlotte wrestles with professional demands, racial and gender prejudice, and her interfering lover, Dr. Aubrey Scott, and family. Set in 1993, this multilayered novel may at first confuse new readers with its many plot threads and characters from previous books in the series, but all will appreciate its stunning conclusion as well as its rich portrait of LAPD politics and of the African-American community. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Charlotte Justice returns in this police procedural (after Dirty Laundry) with familiar characters like her interfering lover, Dr. Aubrey Scott. A cold case, the Smiley Face Shooting, turns hot when an intern in the accounting department of CZ Toys reappears in a car crash with $27,000 in the trunk. Elderly Chuck Zuccari, CZ CEO, is hospitalized in a coma from an attack that leaves the successful business rife with family infighting for control. Some may hear this as a portrayal of Los Angeles police department politics (set just after the Rodney King debacle) and the L.A. African American community; for others, the repetitive references to gender and racial inequities will grate. Melissa Maxwell's uninspired reading renders this a purchase only for libraries where the series is popular.-Sandy Glover, Camas P.L., WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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