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Jackson Park (Cook County Mystery)

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From the acclaimed author of the Nanette Hayes mystery novels comes a thrilling new series featuring an unforgettable trio of sleuths. By turns gritty and gracefully written, Jackson Park is a compelling novel of noir suspense—a fast-paced page-turner that is also a glimpse inside Black life in Chicago during a pivotal moment in American history.

It is the Spring of 1968. A
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by One World/Ballantine
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Feb 27, 2011 Ice rated it really liked it
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Oct 20, 2009 Mocha Girl rated it liked it
Charlotte Carters mystery, Jackson Park, occurs in the midst of Chicago in the aftermath of the MLK assassination where Black people are still angry and disillusioned, politicians are very nervous, and the city is still smoldering from the riots. Carters unlikely shero is Cassandra, a college coed; a witty, hippi-ish misfit who is raised by her great-aunt and uncle. Despite the volatile atmosphere, she clings to optimism and hope so when a request to assist a family friend presents itself, she ...more
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Aug 26, 2010 Judith rated it liked it
Set in Chicago after the Martin Luther King assassination...after the subsequent riots...the story features a Black family (of necessity) caught up in a series of events born in the old Chicago political system and reared in the Black Power movement of the late 1960s. How these pieces fall together..and some lives fall apart...makes a good "mystery" but a better mini-History lesson writ bloody but not screamingly LARGE.

Ms Carter also wrote the NANETTE HAYES Trilogy:
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In general, I'm looking for the sense of setting in a novel, both in time and place. This novel, set in Chicago in April 1968 (just following Dr. King's murder and the riots that followed it), was clearly set in Chicago (the geography of the streets ran true), but I didn't really get a sense of place. And the sense of that time was largely lost in the novel -- other than occasional references to the killing of Dr. King and the riot, this could have taken place in Chicago's North Side in the ...more
Dec 12, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
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This book provided insight into a time and culture that outsiders could never fully understand. It takes place in the 1950's, in Chicago's roughest crime neighborhoods and traces the lives of struggling African American families. I truly enjoyed this was definitely an eye-opener about this different world.
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Interesting story about black college student in Chicago in 1960s, a neighborhood murder and intersection with the black panthers.
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Charlotte Carter is the author of an acclaimed mystery series featuring Nanette Hayes, a young black American jazz musician with a lust for life and a talent for crime solving. Coq au Vin, the second book in the series, has been optioned for the movies. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of American and
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