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Trip Wire: A Cook County Mystery Paperback – Mar 29 2005
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“Charlotte Carter blends street savvy with wry urbanity.”
–The New York Times
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"Of Jackson Park," the first Cook County mystery featuring an unconventional trio of sleuths, Margo Jefferson of The New York Times" said, "Charlotte Carter blends street savvy with wry urbanity and delivers a truly modern big-city crime tale." Now Carter returns with another suspenseful novel that brings the black experience to vivid life during one of the most turbulent times in American history.
It is December 1968. In the wake of assassinations and the violence of the Democratic convention in Chicago, "Summer of Love" idealism has disintegrated into suspicion and disillusion. On the city's North Side, twentyishCassandra Perry longs to be independent. She leaves the overprotective embrace of her granduncle and grandaunt, Woody ans Ivy Lisle, and moves into a multiracial commune dedicated to brotherhood and just causes. But Cassandra's search for identity plunges her into the dark side of peace, love, and unlimited freedom-even before she discovers the brutally violated bodies of the commune's most charismatic activist couple.
As Cassandra investigates with the help of Woody and Ivy, she begins to see some friends-especially one of her dearest-in a disturbing, deadly light. But when the three amateur sleuths run afoul of a police cover-up with explosive political ramifications, they face a desperate enemy determined to bury the-along with the truth.See all Product Description
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Despite her rebelliousness, Cassandra’s aunt and uncle help her along the way, making a deal with her for her to return home once the murders are solved. The details of the mystery and other relationship facts in the plot are up to the reader to find out.
The background of Chicago and the time of the story with its racial and political upheavals are skillfully shown, without them overcrowding the plot. Yet, the storytelling especially in the beginning was a little less than desirable. I also found the different and quirky secondary characters to be more interesting and relatable than the main character. The ending of the story, however, is a twist with complications and very well told.
Charlotte Carter opened TRIP WIRE using a narrative style that initially made it difficult for me to connect with the characters and plot. Once the storyline began moving, it was fast paced, full of surprises and drew me in. Carter also did an excellent job on setting. As I read, I could see Chicago 1968, I could feel the current of racial tension and class hostility. TRIP WIRE was truly an interesting and enjoyable trip for me.
Reviewed by Deatri King-Bey
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Things quickly change when the lead interracial couple of the commune is brutally murdered and the commune members become the prime suspects. Common for her generation, trust in the police is eroded by years of corruption, racism, and apathy, so she starts her own investigation into the death of her friends. With the help of her aunt and uncle, she discovers a complex plot involving drugs, Black Nationalists, and vengeful Viet Nam war protestors.
Carter has a gift for transporting the reader to another time and place via references to the music of period, the clothes, and use the slang terms and dialogue of her characters. This is a very quick, enjoyable, and easy read for mystery lovers.
Reviewed by Phyllis
Nubian Circle Book Club
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