Not Long for This World by Gar Anthony Haywood
A lawyer hires Gunner to help her prove that her gangland client is not a killer
Darrel Lovejoy doesn’t owe South Central anything. By all accounts, he is lucky to escape this desperate corner of Los Angeles, to go to college and graduate into a well-paid advertising job. But something compels him to return. He dives into social work, attempting to mediate between the gangs which have brought hell to the streets he grew up on, and he makes slow but steady progress up until the day a shotgun blast cuts him down.
After an unusually forthcoming witness swears she saw a car of Imperial Blues kill Lovejoy, the police arrest Blue soldier Toby Mills. Suspecting a frame-up, Toby’s lawyer hires private detective Aaron Gunner to vet the woman’s story. To find out why South Central’s favorite son had to die, Gunner will turn gangland upside down.
“Appealing.” —Publishers Weekly
“Like the estimable Walter Mosley . . . Haywood is the real thing.” —Chicago Tribune
“[Haywood’s] writing recalls . . . Ross Macdonald, whose theme was ghosts, and the dizzying effect they have on the present.” —Los Angeles Times
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