“A murder mystery set among the black bourgeoisie, it is also the heady tale of a bygone era … compelling family intrigue and a full, vibrant portrait of that storied era when Harlem’s pulse was the rhythm of black America.”
—The Boston Globe
A sweeping tale of old loves and festering hatreds, this story will plunge you into the glittering world of the Harlem Renaissance, from the wealthy salons of its movers and shakers to the crowded tenements of its poor.
It is 1926, the heart of the Roaring Twenties, and Harlem is the place to be. Years earlier, David McKay, a handsome attorney from a prominent Strivers’ Row family, disappeared while on a covert mission in the South. Now, he’s back, drawn home by the devastating news of his sister’s suicide.
Burdened by a secret of his own, McKay dares to stay in Harlem to stave off the threat to his family home and find answers about Lilian’s death. He rediscovers the world of the Harlem Renaissance, a place of suffocating class strictures, seductive patrons, and aristocratic civil rights leaders. His inquiry takes him from the wealthy salons of Renaissance Harlem to the crowded tenements of its poor. He uncovers old loves and festering hatreds. The deeper he probes, the more he risks revelations of his own dark secret, one that could destroy him.
This gripping 1920s murder mystery, taut and lyrical, combines elements of suspense and hard-boiled noir. Absorbing and powerful, Lyric of a Blackbird evokes the mystique of Harlem’s most fascinating era, the Harlem Renaissance.
“As much a story of lies, deceit and murder as it is a commentary on race and class, Harlem Redux is filled with colorful characters.”
—The New York Daily News
“A rich, thoroughly enjoyable tale of greed and deceit, passion and betrayal.”
—April Christofferson, author of The Protocol and Clinical Trial
“Exotic locales, an odd supporting cast, worthy subplots, and a baffling set of clues….”
(Previously titled: Harlem Redux)