Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island.
A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of -- and why.
Running in parallel with King's own quest for justice is the case of a Black radical journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers who had been abusing their badges to traffic in drugs and women within the city's poorest neighborhoods.
Joined by Melquarth Frost, a brilliant sociopath, our hero must beat dirty cops and dirtier bankers, craven lawyers, and above all keep his daughter far from the underworld in which he works. All the while, two lives hang in the balance: King's client's, and King's own.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Dirty cops, corrupt bankers, and seedy lawyers are crime novel must-haves. And yet, after 40-plus books, Walter Mosley knows how to keep things fresh. With his lyrical staccato of sinewy prose, he delivers a noir plot that seethes with unsettling violence. Joe King Oliver is out to punish those who ended his career as a NYC detective, while also investigating the false conviction of a supposed cop killer. Are the two things connected? You might as well ask if getting shot in the gut hurts. Introducing another brilliantly hardboiled hero to his gallery of rogues, Mosley astounds with how much character and intrigue he packs into this briskly paced novel.
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Down the River unto the Sea
Enjoyable, interesting, even entertaining in spots, but cumbersome. This novel is not for first-time Mosley readers. It requires a lot of concentration because it presents a bit of a disjointed read.
Mr. Mosley is great. But, this is not one of his best.