YOU CAN DIE TRYING by Gar Anthony Haywood


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 Eight months after racist cop Jack McGovern guns down 12-year-old liquor-store thief Lendell Washington and insists--despite the evidence--that the kid fired on him first, McGovern's remorseful suicide flushes out Mitchell Flowers, a cowed, guilty witness who corroborates McGovern's unlikely story and hires L.A. shamus Aaron Gunner (Fear of the Dark, Not Long for This World) to prove it. McGovern's LAPD colleagues--including Danny Kubo, an IAD investigator who owes him big--weren't crazy about McGovern, and don't welcome Gunner's attempts to exonerate him; and the Washington family-- including Lendell's cousin Noah Ford, now doing time for the robbery- -are convinced he's a cop trying to torpedo their pending lawsuit. Only Deanna Lugo, the partner McGovern was breaking in when he responded to the scene, helps Gunner, in bed and out, untangle a nifty web of treachery and coverups to lay the case to rest for good. Haywood's freshest, leanest yet--and it won't be hurt by the Rodney King echoes.

Pub Date: July 23rd, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-09425-6
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1993


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