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We All Fall Down by Michael  Harvey
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Jun 30, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: mystery-crime

Ignore the book jacket blurb that references Michael Connelly, this series resembles a more noir Paretsky more than anything and not just because of the Chicago angle.

The setting was intense, the plot interesting, the noir-patterns intact...I just didn't enjoy it as much as the previous entries in the series.

I think--considering the plot and prose was on par with the earlier books--that it's me this time. I've grown weary of the one-dimensional depictions of African-Americans as gang thugs. In a genre that relies on cliches, sure, stereotypes will repeat and run rampant, but the stock black gang member is such an outrageous yet mundane caricature, I want to see it disappear. Replace it with actual characters instead of exploited plot devices.

What was I saying? It ain't me after all, but lazy writers!
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