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All the Lucky Ones Are Dead: An Aaron Gunner Mystery.

All the Lucky Ones Are Dead: An Aaron Gunner Mystery

by Gar Anthony Haywood G.P. Putnam's Sons, January 2000 $23.95, ISBN 0-399-14540-0

You don't need to be a top-notch detective like Aaron Gunner to get a thrill out of Gar Anthony Haywood's latest mystery. Haywood, the award-winning author of five Aaron Gunner novels, has created yet another electrifying tale of this African American private eye from L.A.

Premier gangsta-rapper Carlton William Elbridge, known to his fans as "The Digga," has killed himself. The 25-year-old was worth $17 million when he died, and was considered an idol in the eyes of teenagers worldwide. While some think that suicide was not uncommon to someone burdened with fame and success at such a young age, Benny Elbridge, the rapper's father, thinks otherwise. Believing someone has murdered his son, Benny goes to detective Aaron Gunner to unravel the mystery.

Gunner has reservations about taking on the case. Besides believing The Digga did kill himself, Gunner has his own issues, trying to make extra money as a bodyguard to controversial radio talk show host, Sparkle Johnson. As Gunner struggles to keep Johnson safe, he discovers that The Digga had more than one enemy and even more secrets he tried vainly to hide. The great sleuth signs onto the case and begins to do what he does best, and in the process impacting Johnson's outlook on life.

What is impressive about All the Lucky Ones Are Dead is that Haywood merges two significant story lines together through one character--Aaron Gunner. As Gunner realizes the importance of life by investigating The Digga's death, he discovers what strange bonds can unite people. While protecting Johnson, Haywood comments on the strength of the human spirit. Haywood presents dynamic characters and scenarios that are unique to contemporary art. Don't worry if you haven't read Gunner's other adventures. All the Lucky Ones Are Dead will drive you to a bookstore to investigate what you've missed.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Neblett, Shaun
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 1, 2000
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