Monday, May 19, 2014

Black Lotus by K'wan

Black Lotus
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Rating 4stars
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Published: 5/27/14
  • IBSN: 9781617752667
  • e-IBSN: 9781617752865
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • IBSN: 9781617752650
Detective James Wolf earned the nickname Lone Wolf from his inability to work with a partner. He’s a hard cop who doesn’t mind bending the rules to the point of breaking them to make a case, which is why Internal Affairs is digging in his backyard, looking for buried bones. People are starting to wonder: Which side of the law is the Lone Wolf really hunting for? His career hanging on by a thread, he needs a major show of good faith to keep employed and out of prison. That’s when he gets the call.

From the moment he arrives at the crime scene, Detective Wolf knows that he’s in over his head. He’s a narcotics detective, called in to consult on a homicide, but this is no ordinary homicide—a priest was butchered and left for dead inside his own church, with the promise of more bodies to follow. The only lead is the killer’s calling card: a black lotus flower left at the crime scene. Detective Wolf now has the opportunity to quietly track and stop the Black Lotus before the next victim is claimed, in exchange for wiping his service record clean.

Accepting this case started as Detective Wolf’s attempt to get Internal Affairs off his back. But when his hunt for the Black Lotus leads him to a cold case from his past, it becomes personal.

My Review:
Let me tell you Black Lotus is not at all what I expected. I have read a couple of books written by K'wan. They have been street lit books. This is not. This is crime fiction. In this murder mystery Detective James Wolf is called in to help solve a murder. Doesn't sound like any out of the ordinary only that Det. Wolf is not with homicide. He is called in by his mentor. If Lone Wolf Jame, has he is called, helps out he will have is record wiped clean.

The murder starts with the gruesome killing of a priest. It soon becomes a serial killing. A farentity of assassins are thought to be behind the crimes but why? What if anything did the priest and those murders that followed do to deserve the brutality of their murders? When the ugly truth is revealed what will justice look like?

This novel has a constant steady pace. It is truly a murder mystery novel. There are not sex scenes. There is no baby mama/baby daddy drama. I will stay that like many mystery novels the whodunit is not really that much of a mystery. The reason for the first murder victim is not a revelation either but there others are. If you are a fan of detectives who don't stop to they get their guy then this is the novel for you.


K’WAN is a best-selling, award-winning author of over a dozen titles, including Gangsta, Road Dawgz, Street Dreams, Hoodlum, Hood Rat, Section 8, Animal, and Animal II. He has been featured in Vibe, King, Entertainment Weekly, and Time magazine. K’wan was the recipient of the 2012 and 2013 Street Lit Book Award Medals (SLBAM) in adult fiction for Eviction Notice and Animal. His credits also include featured commentary in the documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (produced by Ice-T) as well as a recurring role as an analyst on TV One’s Celebrity Crime Files. K’wan currently resides in New Jersey.

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