Strange Bedfellows: Charlotte Justice Novel

Paula L. Woods, Author . Ballantine/One World $23.95 (258p) ISBN 978-0-345-45702-8

In Woods's searing fourth Charlotte Justice novel (after 2003's Dirty Laundry ), the troubled, hot-tempered LAPD detective looks into an attack on politically connected Chuck Zuccari, the elderly head of a successful toy company; his pregnant young wife, Alma; and their business associates, intellectual African-American Muslims Malik and Habiba Shareef. It's a complicated case: Zuccari's dysfunctional family and business are rife with infighting; his company is being defrauded; the FBI is investigating the too squeaky-clean Shareefs. Meanwhile, Charlotte wrestles with professional demands, racial and gender prejudice, and her interfering lover, Dr. Aubrey Scott, and family. Set in 1993, this multilayered novel may at first confuse new readers with its many plot threads and characters from previous books in the series, but all will appreciate its stunning conclusion as well as its rich portrait of LAPD politics and of the African-American community. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/07/2005
Release date: 01/01/2006
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