A Negro and an Ofay

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Pub Date 7 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 13 Mar 2023

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Description

In 1952, after a year on the run, disgraced Chicago Police Officer Elliot Caprice wakes up in a jailhouse in St. Louis. His friends from his hometown secure his release and he returns to find the family farm in foreclosure and the man who raised him dying in a flophouse.

Desperate for money, he accepts a straight job as a process server and eventually crosses paths with a powerful family from Chicago’s North Shore. A captain of industry is dead, the key to his estate disappeared with the chauffeur, and soon Elliot is in up to his neck. The mixed-race son of Illinois farm country must return to the Windy City with the Chicago Police on his heels and the Syndicate at his throat.

In 1952, after a year on the run, disgraced Chicago Police Officer Elliot Caprice wakes up in a jailhouse in St. Louis. His friends from his hometown secure his release and he returns to find the...


Advance Praise

"This is a stunning debut! A powerful combination of brilliant storytelling and a breathtaking grasp of dialog subtext that strongly reminds of Mamet." - Les Edgerton, Author of The Bitch, and The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping

"Danny Gardner has written a fresh, smart, politically savvy and incorrect noir period piece rife with social injustice, racial nuance, high crimes and misdirections. A next-generation Walter Moseley, his characters are a hoot and a half and his story-telling a runaway train." - Craig Faustus Buck, Author of Go Down Hard

"Plenty of hardboiled patter and a dense plot with a great sense of place and wonderful dialogue." - Eric Beetner, Author of Rumrunners and Nine Toes in the Grave

"Elliot Caprice is a trouble magnet and that makes for a great character." - Simon Wood, Author of The One That Got Away

"This is a stunning debut! A powerful combination of brilliant storytelling and a breathtaking grasp of dialog subtext that strongly reminds of Mamet." - Les Edgerton, Author of The Bitch, and The...


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