Dead dead girls

by Afia, Nekesa,

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Summary
"In this terrific series opener, Afia evokes the women's lives in all their wayward and beautiful glory, especially the abruptness with which their dreams, hopes and fears cease to exist."-- TheNew York Times

The start of an exciting new historical mystery series set during the Harlem Renaissance from debut author Nekesa Afia

Harlem, 1926. Young Black women like Louise Lloyd are ending up dead.

Following a harrowing kidnapping ordeal when she was in her teens, Louise is doing everything she can to maintain a normal life. She's succeeding, too. She spends her days working at Maggie's Cafe and her nights at the Zodiac, Harlem's hottest speakeasy. Louise's friends, especially her girlfriend, Rosa Maria Moreno, might say she's running from her past and the notoriety that still stalks her, but don't tell her that.

When a girl turns up dead in front of the cafe, Louise is forced to confront something she's been trying to ignore-two other local Black girls have been murdered in the past few weeks. After an altercation with a police officer gets her arrested, Louise is given an ultimatum- She can either help solve the case or wind up in a jail cell.Louise has no choice but to investigate and soon finds herself toe-to-toe with a murderous mastermind hell-bent on taking more lives, maybe even her own....
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In 1916, a Black teenager, Louise Lloyd, is abducted on her way home. She escapes, saving three other Black girls and earning the nickname "Harlem's Hero." Ten years later, she's still trying to live down that moniker, working in a Harlem café in the day and dancing the night away at a gay speakeasy, the Zodiac, in the West 50s. Her life changes when she finds a dead body outside the café, a third death attributed by the police to the "Girl Killer." The next night, as she and her friends leave the Zodiac, Louise sees the police roughing up another girl. She intervenes and, losing her temper, punches an officer. After Louise's arrest, the detective on the Girl Killer case offers to drop charges if she will help them investigate. Even as she has little choice, she doesn't know how dangerous a deal she has made until subsequent deaths bring the killer close. In this atmospheric debut mystery, with a sequel already planned, Afia ably tracks how Louise goes from reluctant hero to detective, infusing the transition with the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in 1926 Harlem, Afia's atmospheric debut and series launch introduces Louise Lloyd, a 26-year-old Black waitress who lives for nights spent drinking and dancing. After Louise punches a white patrolman to prevent a racially motivated arrest, she fears she's facing a prison sentence. Then Det. Theodore Gilbert extends an offer: help him catch the serial killer preying upon neighborhood Black girls, and he'll expunge her record. Louise will have an easier time of extracting information from victims' loved ones than Gilbert--a white Brit--and he already knows her to be brave and resourceful, since Louise escaped a kidnapper and freed her fellow captives when she was a teenager. Louise immerses herself in the case, taking increasingly big risks to uncover the truth as the body count climbs. Readers will root for intrepid, fiery Louise, who elevates the mystery despite a disjointed investigation and haphazard denouement. The author couples tender relationships with strong senses of era and place. Afia has made an auspicious start. Agent: Travis Pennington, Knight Agency. (June)"
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Additional Information
Series Afia, Nekesa. Harlem Renaissance mystery.
Subjects African American women -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Harlem Renaissance -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 317 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9780593199107
0593199103
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