- Expected 27 Feb 2020
- 9,99 €
From innovative bestselling novelist Walter Mosley comes the return of the beloved Leonid McGill detective series featuring a morally ambiguous P.I. who solves crimes and whose victims are society's most downtrodden.
Leonid McGill's spent a lifetime building up his reputation in the New York investigative scene. His seemingly infallible instinct and inside knowledge of the crime world make him the ideal man to help when Phillip Worry comes knocking.
Phillip "Catfish" Worry is a 92-year-old Mississippi bluesman who needs Leonid's help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. Unsurprisingly, the opportunity to do a simple favor while shocking the prevailing elite is too much for Leonid to resist.
But when a famed and feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid has no choice but to confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Working to protect his client, and his own family, Leonid must reach the heiress on the eve of her wedding before her powerful father kills those who hold their family's secret.
Joined by a team of young and tough aspiring investigators, Leonid must gain the trust of wary socialites, outsmart vengeful thugs, and, above all, serve the truth-- no matter the cost.
In MWA Grand Master Mosley's easy-reading sixth Leonid McGill mystery (after 2015's And Sometimes I Wonder About You), the PI moseys around contemporary New York City from one repartee-filled scene to another. Black blues player Catfish Worry wants McGill to get a message to his granddaughter, who passes as white. Her prosperous father, Charles Sterman, who's Catfish's son, also passes, yet is a virulent racist. No less than the deadly Ernie Eckles (aka the Mississippi Assassin) sent him McGill's way. A bottle of legendarily aged moonshine is included as introduction and payment. Often undercover, McGill thinks, "And on those rare occasions I have been revealed, I was still the most dangerous man in the room." Not here, with his pal Hush ("ex-assassin extraordinaire") and Eckles in the mix: "The Mississippi Assassin could kill Sternman right then, and there wasn't a man in the room who could stop him with maybe the exception of Hush." If this were a spaghetti western, it would be all staring and no gunplay, to the dismay of action fans. Some readers may be disappointed that the violent pay-off at the end takes place way offstage.