Harlem Madness

December 20, 2015

Harlem Madness

by Bruce Crowther

Set in New York in 1943, this sequel to Harlem Nocturne finds Daniel Leland still living on Strivers’ Row in Harlem from where he operates his one-man private inquiry agency. Daniel, who quit the NYPD after being shot in the back, lives in a brownstone once the home of his parents, sharing the space with an elderly artist.

When an old acquaintance of Daniel’s is shot and killed the police are indifferent but Selena Gant comes back to town for the funeral and prompts him to investigate.hm - bc Daniel’s relationship with Selena was never easy – he wants much more than merely friendship while she is dedicated to the cause of racial equality. Her deep involvement with a nationwide organization intent on bringing an end to discrimination clashes with Daniel’s indifference.

Looking into the death, Daniel is soon embroiled with Irish, Italian and Black gangsters, all of them highly dangerous. Meanwhile, he is also trying to help the soldier son of Jewish immigrants – a young man who has been imprisoned by the FBI on trumped-up charges of espionage. All hard-going for one man, but fortunately Daniel has friends: in the FBI, in the NYPD, and mainly from around his home in Harlem.

And then an incident between a cop and a soldier outside the Braddock Hotel sparks a riot.

Available in print and digitally from Amazon.

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