DO OR DIE: A MALI ANDERSON MYSTERY by Grace F. Edwards
Doubleday, June 2000
Mali Anderson, sometime member of the New York Police Department, returns to Harlem from a jazz cruise only to find murder. Starr, singer in Mali's dad's jazz band (and the daughter of his best friend) has been stabbed and had her throat slit. The pimp who tried to make Starr work for him is the obvious suspect, until he is shot and killed on the street. Despite the urges of Mali's boyfriend (and police detective) Tad, Mali knows she must find the answers, even if it means a rupture in their relationship.
In DO OR DIE, Grace F. Edwards offers both a mystery and an intriguing look into the streets, life, and music of Harlem at the dawning of the 21st century. Edwards uses deft tags to give each of her many characters distinct personalities and wants. The overall cynicism toward the police department certainly has the ring of truth. Mali is a likable character who seems at home in both the streets of New York, on the Queen Elizabeth II, and in the smokiest jazz club in the city.
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