Violent Spring (The Ivan Monk Mysteries Book 1) by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road

Violent Spring (The Ivan Monk Mysteries Book 1) by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road

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In the wake of the Rodney King riots, Ivan Monk investigates a cold murder

Just a few months ago, the corner of Florence and Normandie avenues was an inferno. Enraged by the jury that freed Rodney King’s brutalizers, people took to the streets of Los Angeles to vent their anger on the city. For three days they smashed, looted, and burned, until South Central L.A. looked like Sarajevo. Now the city is trying to rebuild, and private eye Ivan Monk has come to watch the groundbreaking ceremony for a shopping center meant to symbolize the neighborhood’s healing. But death is not finished with South Central.
 
As the dignitaries’ shovels sift through the soft California soil, the mayor’s spade finds the corpse of a man named Bong Kim Suh, a murdered Korean shopkeeper. As he looks into the senseless killing, Monk finds that it wasn’t racial anger that took Suh’s life, but old-fashioned, colorblind greed.


This rough, strong, very political mystery marks the debut of a new kind of Los Angeles private detective--an Easy Rawlins for the '90s and beyond. Ivan Monk is hired by a group of Korean merchants to find out who killed one of their members for the specific reason that Monk is an African American, and the Koreans see him as a public relations asset. Monk sees himself more as a street cleaner or avenging angel, and on his journey of discovery he finds villains of every race and shade. Violent Spring catches the racial and social tensions of Los Angeles in a completely original way.

In the wake of the Rodney King riots, Ivan Monk investigates a cold murder

Just a few months ago, the corner of Florence and Normandie avenues was an inferno. Enraged by the jury that freed Rodney King’s brutalizers, people took to the streets of Los Angeles to vent their anger on the city. For three days they smashed, looted, and burned, until South Central L.A. looked like Sarajevo. Now the city is trying to rebuild, and private eye Ivan Monk has come to watch the groundbreaking ceremony for a shopping center meant to symbolize the neighborhood’s healing. But death is not finished with South Central.
 
As the dignitaries’ shovels sift through the soft California soil, the mayor’s spade finds the corpse of a man named Bong Kim Suh, a murdered Korean shopkeeper. As he looks into the senseless killing, Monk finds that it wasn’t racial anger that took Suh’s life, but old-fashioned, colorblind greed.


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