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Bad night is falling
Gary Phillips
Adult Fiction PHILLIP

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Summary: Called "tough, smart, and unabashedly political" (Gar Anthony Haywood), Private Investigator Ivan Monk has taken the mystery genre by storm. Powerful, compelling and thought provoking, Gary Phillips's series has gained thousands of fans and widespread critical acclaim--the Quarterly Black Review of Books agrees that "its political perspective is absolutely refreshing...a welcome read."Once again, the heat is building in the Rancho Tajuata projects. And it's not just because it's summer in L.A. Racial tension and gang violence are menacing the city streets. And when three members of a Mexican family--including a little girl--are killed in a firebombing, local hostility threatens to rage out of control. At the request of the tenants' security force, P.I. Ivan Monk is called in to find the killer. But to track him down, Monk must delve into a tangled history leading back to the Watts riots, revealing layers of racism and corruption. Monk sorts through the complexities of gang conflicts and governmental kickbacks, only to find himself at odds with the police, disillusioned by his mentor--and, after a fierce struggle with some gang members, under indictment for murder. Now Monk must race to clear his name before time runs out, and a bad night falls on the Rancho Tajuata projects, this time for good...

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main characters Ivan Monk
Age: 40s
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