Tamara Hayle is one of the genre's most interesting PIs, a hard-working single mother with a no-nonsense approach to her work and a soft spot for kids. In The Devil Riding, the sixth outing for her series' heroine, Valerie Wilson Wesley turns in what may be her breakout book.
Tamara is working undercover in Atlantic City, looking for a missing teenager whose wealthy parents seem to have ambivalent feelings about finding her, and as Tamara gets closer to the action and more pretty young girls keep turning up dead, she begins to understand why. Gabriella Desmond is the stepdaughter of a wealthy businessman who's something of a hero in the African American community, and there are a few skeletons in the Desmond background he doesn't want exposed, regardless of his wife's concerns about Gabriella. And Gabriella's real father is a right-wing firebrand whose anti-abortion politics are as central to the plot as the Desmond family secrets. Amid the gaudy glitter of the casinos, Tamara befriends a scared girl who may know what happened to Gabriella, and she snags a lead to the other killings that are clearly tied into Gabriella's disappearance. She also runs into Basil Dupre, who she last saw lying in a pool of blood on a balcony in Jamaica. This fascinating, sexy, strong-willed man has the ability to bring Tamara's passion to life unlike anyone else. He may not be someone a girl can count on for the long haul, but before this well-written story is finished, you'll understand why he's worth it. If The Devil Riding is your first encounter with Tamara Hayle, you'll soon be searching for Wesley's backlist, starting with When Death Comes Stealing. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What looks like a simple case--tracing a teenage runaway--has PI Tamara Hayle not only frustrated but ultimately terrified in her sixth outing (after Easier to Kill) in this strong ethnic series. Dominique Desmond, second wife to the scion of one of New Jersey's wealthiest black families, asks Tamara to find her rebellious daughter, Gabriella, who was last seen in Atlantic City. Despite the curious hostility of Dominique's high-profile husband and his son, Tamara decides to take the case, driven by both her need for the lucrative fee and her desire to stop a serial killer preying on runaways in the Jersey coastal resort. Although confident that her ethnic identity will help her form ties within the city's black community, she is sadly mistaken. While she can be shamelessly flirtatious (masquerading as a bartender), profoundly pious (trying to glean information from Dominique) or even egregiously untruthful (practically all the time), Tamara discovers little. Yet she does find that the city's crime lord, the sinister Delmundo R?al, had ties to all the young murder victims, and that he now has his malevolent eyes on her. And the members of the Desmond family, who abruptly dismiss her from the case, are definitely hiding secrets of their own. While the novel may be philosophically trite ("We all have good and bad within us"), Tamara's hard-hearted relentlessness, a stellar cast of peripheral characters and a gripping plot add up to fine reading. Agent, Faith H. Childs. (June)
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I loved this book. At first, I thought it was going to be boring, but it ended up being really good. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2003 by Tamara Shelton
This was my first Valerie Wilson Wesley mystery and I was looking forward to finding a good new series based on the reviews I read. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2002
The main character in the novel is a black woman private investigator, Tamara Hayle, hired to find a young woman who has disappeared - or has she? Read morePublished on April 26 2002 by Fred Camfield
This book in my opinion left a lot to be desired. Tamara usually has more on the ball than she did in this book. Read morePublished on May 25 2001
Valerie, why? Of all the sacrifices that could have been made, why get rid of Tamara's faithful rust bucket, the Blue Demon? Read morePublished on May 17 2001 by Blackworm
If you're looking for a quick mystery read, then this was the way to go. Frankly, I was disappointed. Read morePublished on March 8 2001
This is a very interesting tale of murder, mystery and betrayal. There is a serial killer on the loose and Tamara's hired by a wealthy wife and mother to go under cover to find... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2000 by Janeth C. Walker
I HAVE TO GIVE THUNBS UP TO VALARIE, THIS BOOK WAS EXCELLENT! I WAS NOT VERY PLEASED WITH HER LAST BOOK "AIN'T NOBODYS BUSINESS IF I DO" AND IN MY REVIEW OF THAT BOOK I... Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2000 by Reva Nelson
I'm only up to page twelve, but I'm hooked, line and sinker.Published on Oct. 1 2000 by Kathleen Cooper