Washington Is Also Reading

Sunday, July 29, 2007


By Blair Underwood with Tananarive Due & Steven Barnes

(Atria, $25)

That's right. Three authors. Does that make for a better yarn? Well, that's for you to decide, but with the caliber of talent on hand -- an award-winning actor and two novelists, each boasting an impressive résumé -- the odds are auspicious. Their protagonist, semi-profitable actor and recovering gigolo "Ten" Hardwick, unveils a new talent hidden beneath his hunky exterior -- detective. And not a moment too soon, as he finds himself the prime suspect in the death of rap star Afrodite, who went from former client to potential sweetheart after their recent rendezvous. Hardwick's hunt for the killer takes us on a roller-coaster ride through Hollywood (with tidbits about the evolution of black films), the rap world and the sex-for-pay industry. Hold on, there's bound to be some turbulence. (F)

© 2007 The Washington Post Company