Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Story

Blair Underwood, Author, Tananarive Due, With, Steven Barnes, With
Blair Underwood, Author, Tananarive Due, With, Steven Barnes, With . Atria $25 (308p) ISBN 978-0-7432-8731-9
Reviewed on: 05/14/2007
Release date: 06/01/2007

A ctor Underwood (Sex and the City , etc.) teams up with accomplished authors Due and Barnes to produce a seamlessly entertaining novel. Tennyson Hardwick—semisuccessful actor, ex-gigolo and incipient sleuth—has the mixed fortune to reconnect with rap superstar Afrodite, a former client, for a night of more than just sex. The next day, she's found dead in a plastic bag with a split skull, and he's a suspect. To clear his name, Hardwick draws on all of his considerable assets: good looks and charm, a $2.5 million house inherited from a devoted client, martial arts skills (Barnes's stock in trade) and connections on both sides of the law. The authors have mixed up a cocktail of exotic elements—the sex for pay industry, the grind and glitz of Hollywood and the rap biz, a smart leavening of black film history—and topped it with a double shot of brutal murder. Handsome “Ten” Hardwick has not only a great backstory but a very promising future. 6-city author tour. (July)

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