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Jackson Park
Charlotte Carter
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Setting and characterization overshadow the mystery in Carter's (Walking Bones) entertaining if conventional whodunit, the first in a new series. In the days following the domestic unrest triggered by Martin Luther King's assassination in April 1968, Cassandra, an English major at a small Chicago college, finds her life disrupted by more than political turmoil. Cassandra joins her great-uncle and great-aunt, the people who reared her, in helping a neighbor locate his teenage granddaughter, last seen entering what may have been a police car. The missing girl's checkered past, including service in a brothel, may hold the key, but other clues point to a local branch of the Black Panthers as well as to the vicious sex murder of a white teacher nearly a decade before. While some crime fans won't go for the minimal detection and a solution literally handed to Cassandra and her relatives in a letter, other readers will appreciate the author's incisive portrait of a black family's struggle with racism, powerlessness and their individual responsibilities to society. (Aug. 1) FYI: Carter is also the author of Drumsticks (2000) and other books in her Nanette Hayes mystery series. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Cassandra, a 20-year-old, middle-class black student in 1968 Chicago, regrets asking her great-uncle and -aunt for help in finding the missing granddaughter of a family friend. Great-uncle Woodson carries more clout than she realizes, wielding razors and twisting arms with aplomb in order to get information. He succeeds only partially, as murder attempts and street violence ensue. A class ring abandoned by the missing woman assumes importance: its previous owner was murdered some years earlier. Meanwhile, Cassandra's best friend, a member of a subversive campus organization, may be connected to yet another killing. The first entry in Carter's new series features unusual sleuths and a complicated plot, conveyed in a smooth, simple, and disarmingly straightforward manner. Fans of Carter's Nanette Hayes series (Coq au Vin) will enjoy. For African American mystery collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Cassandra
Age: 20
African American
College student

Woody Lisle
African American
Ivy's husband; Cass's grand-uncle.

Ivy Lisle
African American
Woody's wife; Cass's grand-aunt.

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