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Devil Riding Mm [Mass Market Paperback]

Valerie W Wesley
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April 11 2002

Tamara Hayle is never going to be as rich as the Desmonds, one of Newark, New Jersey's most affluent and influential black families. But the struggling p.i. wouldn't want their troubles either, now that their rebellious daughter Gabriella has run off to Atlantic City, where a serial killer is prowling the streets. For a substantial fee, however, Tamara's willing to join the hunt for the missing African-American heiress -- expecially after Gabriella's last known roommate joins the ranks of the murdered. Somwhere in the twilight zone that separates the poor and the wealthy of color -- in the terrifying shadow of a deadly criminal kingpin -- are shocking secrets that Tamara needs to uncover. And suddenly the Desmonds' woes -- lethal and devastating -- have become Tamara's own.


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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.

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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)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil Riding is a H**l of a Book! Dec 2 2000
Format:Hardcover
AA Newark PI Tamara Hayle is at it again. This time she's in the glitz, grime and sin of Atlantic City trying to locate the runaway daughter of a wealthy client. And as always Tamara's delicious dark guardian angel Basil Dupre is not far behind, showing up just when Tamara needs him.I think this is the best Tamara Hayle mystery in the series. The Devil Riding finds Tamara on one of her most dangerous assignments. She has to go undercover and mingle with crime bosses, druggies, the late night ladies and all of the underbelly people in Atlantic City. When her car is literally blown to pieces as a warning, she knows that she is in over her head. Yet as frightening as the worse scenario is, it still can't touch the horror she finds in the runaway's own home with her "loving" family.The Devil Riding finally gives us a further peek into Basil's life. This time around although he's here to help Tamara he is also here to find a daughter he never knew he had.This is excellent writing and very good reading.Vannie(~.~)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil Riding Aug. 31 2000
Format:Hardcover
Tamara is back! The sister girl is still looking good and solving murders with a passion.
I enjoyed this latest installment in the Tamara Hayle series as much as I did the first time I discovered her in When Death Comes Stealing. This time, Tamara finds herself in the mist of old money. The twist is that the old money belongs to an African-American family whose 18-year-old daughter has been missing for several months. Tamara goes undercover in Atlantic City and thus the novel gets even better as she begins to unravel family secrets and the mysterious murders of young women in the underworld.
What I like best about Tamara Hayle is that she is like the girl next door. She is familiar and you become very comfortable with her as she lives life to its fullest as a single mom and a working woman. Tamara struggles with life's ups and downs as most of us do. She has a personal life, which sometimes includes Basil Dupre. He is the kind of man every women hates to love and all of her girlfriends love to hate.
As a radio talk show host, I've had the opportunity to interview Ms. Wilson Wesley on several occasions. I like her writing style, which is fine tuned to a science and very skillfully done. She weaves her characters in and out of situations and they seem to come alive on each page. I can read one of her novels in an evening and not tire.
Kudos to Ms. Wilson Wesley--she has "DONE IT AGAIN"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil Riding Aug. 31 2000
Format:Hardcover
Tamara is back! The sister girl is still looking good and solving murders with a passion.
I enjoyed this latest installment in the Tamara Hayle series as much as I did the first time I discovered her in When Death Comes Stealing. This time, Tamara finds herself in the mist of old money. The twist is that the old money belongs to an African-American family whose 18-year-old daughter has been missing for several months. Tamara goes undercover in Atlantic City and thus the novel gets even better as she begins to unravel family secrets and the mysterious murders of young women in the underworld.
What I like best about Tamara Hayle is that she is like the girl next door. She is familiar and you become very comfortable with her as she lives life to its fullest as a single mom and a working woman. Tamara struggles with life's ups and downs as most of us do. She has a personal life, which sometimes includes Basil Dupre. He is the kind of man every women hates to love and all of her girlfriends love to hate.
As a radio talk show host, I've had the opportunity to interview Ms. Wilson Wesley on several occasions. I like her writing style, which is fine tuned to a science and very skillfully done. She weaves her characters in and out of situations and they seem to come alive on each page. I can read one of her novels in an evening and not tire.
Kudos to Ms. Wilson Wesley--she has "DONE IT AGAIN"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-boggling and fast paced reading experience June 2 2000
Format:Hardcover
Tamara Hayes is a beautiful African-American woman, raising a son by herself. She earns a living as a private detective, traveling to wherever the job requires her to go. This time she is in Atlantic City looking for a teenage runaway belonging to an influential family. As she searches for the eighteen-year old, Tamara wonders why four months passed before someone hired anyone. Tamara is shocked to learn that she has been employed only because someone brutally murdered Gabrielle Desmond's roommate and six other runaways.

Tamara goes undercover at a coveted party hosted by a person who preys on the depravations of others. He provides victims to his clients to use as they see fit. Tamara is stunned to find her sometimes lover, mercenary Basil DuPre, attending the same party. Basil thinks Tamara is in over her head with this case. However, the tough Tamara intends to see the case through to its' completion although it means running over her clients, her lover, and a monster that devours innocents.

In THE DEVIL RIDING, highly acclaimed author Valerie Wilson Wesley brings the ambiance and decadence of Atlantic City into the forefront. Although a mystery, the literary prose gives the tale a mainstream feel. Tamara never seems to accept an easy case, but this one appears even more difficult than usual because several different crimes muddy the water. Ms. Wesley never writes a poor novel, but this one is extraordinary as she describes the middle class African-American experience inside a well-designed detective story.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first book I read by Valerie Wilson Wesley
I loved this book. At first, I thought it was going to be boring, but it ended up being really good. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by Tamara Shelton
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD WRITING BUT GLARING DETECTIVE STUPIDITY!
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 more
Published on Oct. 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Runaways and Throwaways
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 more
Published on April 26 2002 by Fred Camfield
2.0 out of 5 stars Not One of Valerie's Best
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 more
Published on May 25 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Even "THE DEVIL" couldn't help the Blue Demon!
Valerie, why? Of all the sacrifices that could have been made, why get rid of Tamara's faithful rust bucket, the Blue Demon? Read more
Published on May 17 2001 by Blackworm
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Read
If you're looking for a quick mystery read, then this was the way to go. Frankly, I was disappointed. Read more
Published on March 8 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Quick Read!
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 more
Published on Oct. 30 2000 by Janeth C. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEVIL RIDING
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 more
Published on Oct. 23 2000 by Reva Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars WELCOME BACK!
I'm only up to page twelve, but I'm hooked, line and sinker.
Published on Oct. 1 2000 by Kathleen Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Tamara Rides Again!
I love the Tamara Hayle mysteries, all of them. This one a little too easy to follow for me and the answer was in the beginning for me. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2000 by "dst4lyfe"
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