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Devil's Red Nickel (C. J. Floyd #2)

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When a beautiful woman hires CJ Floyd to look into the death of her famed DJ father, CJ soon discovers that the death of "Daddy Doo-Wop" is part of a bigger story, one that reaches back to Chicago in the fifties when the Mob called the tune. From payola to paychecks, from the dirtiest of deals to some old tapes that still might be worth gold, CJ stumbles into a world where ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 28th 2005 by Frog Books (first published March 1st 1997)
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Nancy
Mar 24, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it
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This is the second in the series. I read the first one a long time ago, after I heard the author speak. The book takes place in Denver's black neighborhood of Five Points. C.J.Floyd is a bail bondsman but a beautiful woman hires him to find out who killed her father, a famous old R&B disc jockey. She says her friend told her he is good at finding people as part of his real job. That is the basic plot and Goodreads gives a good summary of the story.
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Nan
Mar 29, 2009 Nan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved all the local references, the minor hoodlums, the very recognizable mayor, the parades, the transsexuals, the semis hauling cattle and pigs, the R&B DJs, the fight over light rail. BUT would I read it if it weren't all Denver and Colorado? I don't know. The hometown appeal is very strong, but I'm not sure it would translate to another audience. I never did connect with CJ. Too complicated a character, too much unnecessary bakstory? I dunno. I'll have to read more.
Mike Gowan
An early book in the series, but Greer is showing potential. His books are kind of like comfort food to a mystery addict. A plus is that it is set in Denver, so the location is familiar. And I can even recognize places where he's fictionalized an actual institution. E.g Smalley Jr High for Smiley.
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Mar 27, 2015 Byron Washington rated it it was amazing
Wasn't sure I'd enjoy a book about rough hewn black cowboy, bail bondsman, from Colorado, that solved crimes. Pleased to say that I enjoyed the first two books of the series immensely. C.J. Floyd is a character with some heft. I'll definitely return to finish the other books in the series and I highly recommend Robert Greer's works.
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Robert Greer, author of the CJ Floyd mystery series, lives in Denver, where he is a practicing surgical pathologist, research scientist, and Professor of Pathology and Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He also edits the High Plains Literary Review, reviews books for National Public Radio, and raises Black Baldy cattle on his ranch near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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