Casanegra Blair Underwood (yes, the actor) joins husband-and-wife writers Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes for Casanegra — the first in a series of urban mysteries laced… Casanegra Blair Underwood (yes, the actor) joins husband-and-wife writers Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes for Casanegra — the first in a series of urban mysteries laced… 2007-06-19 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Atria
Book Review

Casanegra (2007)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 19, 2007; Writers: Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Blair Underwood; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Atria

Blair Underwood (yes, the actor) joins husband-and-wife writers Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes for Casanegra — the first in a series of urban mysteries laced with hardcore action (read: sex). Tennyson Hardwick is a handsome ex-Hollywood gigolo who gets tangled in a web of prostitution, Smith & Wesson-toting rappers, and shady music execs when an old client turns up dead the day after a steamy encounter. Although mixed metaphors fly like bullets (''I felt Death blow on my face like hot wind from a speeding train''), the pace is taut, the dialogue is snappy, and it's hard not to fall for Underwood's fallen hero. B

Originally posted Jun 15, 2007 Published in issue #940 Jun 22, 2007 Order article reprints
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