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Up in Flames (2004)

by Geraldine Evans

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I like this author but this is debut of a new series that I found a bit repetitive and too heavy handed on the moralizing. In the first few chapters it was mentioned that the victim, a young Indian widow was unusual because she lived away from family and this was repeated in similar words at least five times. That there was a spate of arsons targeting Asians was also drummed into the reader, a few mentions would have been sufficient.

There is a second in the series,maybe the difficulties will be ironed out in it. I must admit the fact that the main detective had to be whacked out on pot to see the clues clearly did not help the story. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0727860348, Hardcover)

When Chandra Bansi and her baby are burnt to death, the police are anxious to get their race relations right. DCI Casey and his less than politically correct sergeant rapidly come under pressure from their superintendent to put a couple of skinhead thugs behind bars. But there are other, stranger possibilities--and Casey has some less than conventional ways of examining them...

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"As a child growing up in North Carolina, Alice Faye Williams knew that the most important thing her impoverished family lacked was land; as she puts it, "The land, to live on and to cultivate and pass on to my family." But there was no land, and in the end her family moved to New York, where in her late teens Alice Faye became Afeni Shakur, a radicalized, prominent Black Panther. In 1969, she was arrested along with a number of other Black Panthers on suspicion of planning bombings - she spent eleven months on remand before women of all races raised $64,000 in cash to bail her out. She was subsequently acquitted of all charges. While in jail, Afeni Shakur was pregnant with her son, Tupac, who went on to become Tupac Amaru Shakur, a rap megastar until his tragic death in 1996.". "Over the course of a decade, the renowned actress Jasmine Guy has been recording the thoughts of Afeni Shakur. In this unique book, Guy reveals the evolution of the woman through a series of intimate, revealing conversations on themes such as love, race, drugs, music, and of course her son. We see how the impoverished southern girl became a leading light in the Black Panther movement; how drugs brought her low; how her recovery filled her with new hope for herself and the future of black women everywhere; and how the work of her son has served to bring renewed hope and courage to people that this country has too often left behind."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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