In 1952, after a yr at the run, disgraced Chicago Police Officer Elliot Caprice wakes up in a jailhouse in St. Louis. His neighbors from his homeland safe his unlock and he returns to discover the family members farm in foreclosures and the fellow who raised him demise in a flophouse. determined for funds, he accepts a immediately task as a technique server and finally crosses paths with a robust relations from Chicago’s North Shore. A captain of is lifeless, the most important to his property disappeared with the chauffeur, and shortly Elliot is in as much as his neck. The mixed-race son of Illinois farm kingdom needs to go back to the Windy urban with the Chicago Police on his heels and the Syndicate at his throat.
Good factor he’s had a life of enjoying each side to the middle.
Praise for A Negro and an Ofay…
“Fans of Walter Mosley and George Pelecanos are going to consume Danny Gardner’s really good new booklet. A Negro and an Ofay breathes fascinating new existence into noir fiction.” —Jonathan Maberry, the hot York occasions bestselling author.
“Elliot Caprice is a great personality together with his personal Midwestern territory and Danny Gardner tells his tales with variety and cunning.” —Peter Blauner, the hot York occasions bestselling writer and co-Executive manufacturer of CBS’s Blue Bloods.
“Danny Gardner’s masterful debut engenders echoes of the greats. I had the influence I had by some means stumbled throughout a formerly undiscovered paintings of Chester Himes, or Jim Thompson, or Walter Mosley―or all 3 magically rolled into one.”―David Corbett, prize-winning writer of The Mercy of the Night
“Immersive, poignant and completely spell binding. Written from the center of America’s nice racial divide, it’s satirical, cool and irrevocably sincere; imbued with an inherent the Aristocracy that opponents any modern-day hero.” —Tom Avitabile, bestselling writer of provide Us This Day.
“A Negro and an Ofay is a brilliant, crisp, traditionally exact, and unapologetically racial narrative that indications the arriving of a robust, invaluable voice in crime fiction. this can be the simplest debut you’ll learn in a protracted time.” —Gabino Iglesias, writer of 0 Saints.
“Hard-boiled don’t get a lot more durable than this. Danny Gardner hits the entire correct notes, yet with adequate swagger and voice to make it thoroughly his personal. Elliot Caprice is a lovely personality, caught among worlds—black and white, sturdy and bad—and i actually wish to work out extra of him.” —Rob W. Hart, writer of South Village.
“One of the simplest instruments Gardner has in his toolbox…is his feel of humanity.” —Scott Waldyn, Literary Orphans magazine.
“…it manages to be shrewdpermanent, historic, and approximately identity/racial matters whereas maintaining all of the leisure price that pulpy thrillers deliver to the desk. this can be a booklet with a gently crafted plot that touches on loads of matters that have been as appropriate six a long time in the past as they're now.” —Out of the Gutter Review.
“This is a gorgeous debut! a strong blend of wonderful storytelling and a wide ranging seize of conversation subtext that strongly reminds of Mamet. Gardner is destined to turn into a huge identify during this writing game.” —Les Edgerton, writer of the true, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping.
“Elliot Caprice is a hassle magnet and that makes for an outstanding character.” —Simon wooden, writer of the person who acquired Away.
“Plenty of hardboiled patter and a dense plot with a very good feel of position and beautiful dialogue.” —Eric Beetner, writer of Rumrunners.
“A Negro and an Ofay forces us to appear into the brutal replicate of our prior within the wish we would comprehend our destiny. along with his sharp as a whip crack writing, Gardner may swap the realm” —Paul Bishop, writer of Lie Catchers.