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Silent Conspiracy [Library Binding]

Lee E. Meadows


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March 1997
An exciting mystery-thriller novel full of suspense and intrigue, set in Detroit, MI, amidst the Motown music community. Lincoln Keller, hired to find a sensational singing group of the 1950's, is brutally plunged into the dark side of the city while experiencing the gentle, compassionate side of a community in mouring.

Product Details

  • Library Binding: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Proctor Publications (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882792386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882792382
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue in familiar places in the hub of Detroit city. July 26 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
Silent Conspiraty is the debut novel of Dr. Lee Meadows, a native Detroiter and graduate of Michigan State University, who also taugh my first graduate course. He is a gifted specialist in organizational behavior and development. And when I learned that he had a penchant for mystery writing, I understood how he excelled in the mysterious arena of the workplace.
Silent Conspiracy is an enjoyable novel about the mysterious disappearance of the Five Sentiments, a popular singing group who suddenly disappeared without a trace thirty years earlier. And Lincoln Keller, the private investigator was hired by vivacious Erotica,to find the group. She was determined to grant her dying husband this last wish to reunite with his friends once again.
I've never been a great lover of mystery thrillers. And I read this novel with the critical eye that he developed in me at MSU. I learned something new about Lee: He can really write! I breezed through Silent Conspiracy and even peeked ahead a few times because the suspense was too much.
It was easy reading and full of drama.As a frequent visitor of the Motor City (aka Motown) I recall every street that Lincoln travelled. When he exited the Lodge Freeway,I was in the car with him listening to the jazz station on the radio.
The main setting is the endearing "hood" that so many of us have come to know and love. Quite naturally the major hub was the barber shop,located on the corner of Chene and Theodore, east of I-75. There was Johnny's lounge, where everybody knew his name. And you know there was a church in the mix. As a matter of fact, Lincoln had several encounters with the church secretary; the protective keeper of hidden truths and the pastor's ear.
And Night Life is a dude I met long time ago. He was that muscular, mean-looking fella that lived down the street we crossed to stay out of his way. But Lincoln Keller kept running into Night Life or his henchmen. And Lee's transfer of wit and cleverness was reflected in Lincoln's character succinctly. That's how he managed to stay a few steps ahead of Night Life, MOST of the time!
But Lincoln encountered great difficulty in keeping gorgeous Erotica at bay, much to his chagrin. Little did he know how intricately the web of deception was weaved around the mysteries that continued to unfold.
Now that's the review of an avid reader, who, before Silent Conspiracy, walked past the mystery section of the bookstore. I highly recommend Silent Conspiracy not only because I know the author, but because it's a good mystery.
"Hey Lee! When's the sequel going to print? I can't wait to see what happens!"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1001 Images of yesterday's dilemma. Dec 28 1999
By Gregory P Jourdan -The Tender Warriors Book Club - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Silent Conspiracy is a book that speaks of the enrapturing music of yesterday, and the dilemma of injust times for black people. Love our music hate our people. Fortunately, it spoke to how far we have come in collectively wanting to right past and current wrongs. The shifting between characters and their motives was written exceptionally well. To reminisce about times when music was melodious and harmonically joyful, was wonderful for me. The parallel of sinister elements in both Detroit and Oakland was interesting and educational. Oakland is my hometown and the comparison of neighborhoods and characters of both cities was interesting and enlightening. Lee Meadows developed his story and his characters with adept and captivating proficiency.Family, friends, and communities united, hopefully, will be a continuum in his future writing endeavors. Excellently done Lee, thanks for the intrigue,education and reflections on current and past times.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW FAN March 19 2001
By Michelle D. Mcgriff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
I wanted to get my review in on this book before moving on to rave about the second! I happened upon this author in my search for an African American P.I. Boy did I find one in Lincoln Keller... and an entertaining one at that. I'm hooked! The smart banter and quick wit of the author transcends into the characters and I had a smile on my face every time I picked the book up(even before opening the pages). I have always enjoyed a good 'Mickey Spilane type' narrative and I was not left lacking in this novel. The storyline of the 'Sentiments Search' was kept lively with twists and turns... of course being a mystery buff from way back...I expected them and rode with them like a champ! GOOD JOB... You'll be hearing from this new fan again...With more HIGH marks I'm sure! Great reading... I recommend Linc to everyone looking for a good P.I.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Blast From the Past March 1 2001
By Andromedia Bowden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
Riveting! Humorous! Full of Life!! I enjoyed Mr. Meadows' thriller tremendously. It is a compelling saga of intrigue and mystery. I like the interplay between Linc and Julie. As one who considers Detroit my home, it's refreshing to see the city presented in a favorable light. I can just hear the cars zipping down the Lodge.
Mr. Meadows' style will certainly improve as he continues to bring us the Lincoln Keller mysteries.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lincoln Keller, name to watch for and read! Feb. 13 2001
By Kal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
Are you ready for a new face in the world of mystery novels? "Silent Conspiracy" by Lee E. Meadows introduces Lincoln Keller, private investigator and former police officer. He shares an office with his brother Jefferson, a bounty hunter, whose mannerism magnifies itself as a person you do not want to reckon with, but becomes an excellent backup for his brother Lincoln. Detroit, described by some as Motown and others the Motor City, is the backdrop of "Silent Conspiracy". Author Lee Meadows brings Lincoln to life in a way that you really want to know this person. This novel takes you into the plot of finding a muscial group named The Sentiments whose careers were destined to top the musical world with their harmony and songs. The group for unknown reasons suddenly disappears after giving a performance at Johnny's Lounge one night in 1955. That faithful night would change their lives forever. Forty years later, Erotica Tremaine, who wants to know what happened to the group for the sake of her husband, hires Lincoln Keller. The investigation and mystery begins. Mr. Meadows takes you, through Lincoln Keller, along his journey in finding out what actually happened to five young men who's singing careers looked promising. The minute Lincoln starts his investigation, the events that lead up and after that night in 1955, is a sure page-turner for any mystery reader. You will become consumed in wanting to know what actually happened in the alleyway outside Johnny's Lounge, that you would be amazed at the final outcome. I consider the novel not being straightforward but very in-depth, descriptive, as well as intriguing. Mr. Meadows very effectively describes the era of social acceptance and what was not accepted to set the string of events leading up to and after the night in 1955, forty years later. What absorbs you most in this novel is how well Mr. Meadows describes Detroit, each character, their surroundings and the events leading up to the explosive ending. No words are wasted; every adjective, pronoun, verb, and noun is placed in text to give you an excellent imaginative view of a mystery that will surely make you want to read more of Lincoln Keller. Mr. Meadows' outstanding ending gives you an opportunity to see closure in so many lives and situations. A must read for sure. Move over Magnum P.I., Lincoln Keller is a name to watch for and read.
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