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Nominated for the Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize for Fiction"This is a fine mystery and [protagonist] D Hunter is as world weary, yet steadfast, as Philip Marloew, Spenser, Dave Robicheaux, or Easy Rawlins. A definite yes to purchase for both mystery and African American collections."-- Library Journal (Starred Review, Pick of the Month)"George cNominated for the Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize for Fiction"This is a fine mystery and [protagonist] D Hunter is as world weary, yet steadfast, as Philip Marloew, Spenser, Dave Robicheaux, or Easy Rawlins. A definite yes to purchase for both mystery and African American collections."--Library Journal (Starred Review, Pick of the Month)"George covers a lot of ground with style: the rhythm-and-blues music scene past and present, the sometimes startling evolution of Brooklyn and its environs, and the multitude of hangers-on, wannabes, and grifters who want a piece of the action."--Publishers Weekly"Real relationships and real talk frame the mashup of mysteries in George's street-framed series."--Kirkus Reviews"The wonderful sing-song street slang dialogue and esoteric industry knowledge make The Lost Treasures of R&B a richly entertaining addition to George's evolving series."--Shelf Awareness"George uses The Lost Treasures of R&B to tackle the hot-button issue of the gentrification of Brooklyn (and elsewhere) as protagonist D struggles to come to terms with the ghosts of his childhood in 'old Brooklyn.'"--Philadelphia Tribune"Written in the spirit of authors such as Walter Mosley and Donald Goines...The book blends music from the past with thug appeal of the present to appeal to young and old alike."--Baltimore Times"George is a historian of his culture."--The Stranger"Hunter is back in Brooklyn solving a mystery that has a backdrop firmly on the R&B scene."--NBCBLK, 14 Books to Read This Black History Month"Like its predecessor this installment of D's story fuses music, history, and crime on the streets of New York."--Flavorpill NYC"Nelson George delivers an entertaining and hard-boiled look at the music scene, and raises the question of proprietary rights and black culture."--MysteryPeople, One of Three Picks for February"As a huge R&B fan, when I ran across the title, The Lost Treasures of R&B, I just had to read it...and I'm glad I did."--Underrated ReadsProfessional bodyguard D Hunter takes a gig protecting rapper Asya Roc at an underground fight club in poverty-stricken Brownsville, Brooklyn. Unknown to D, the rapper has arranged to purchase illegal guns at the event. An acquaintance of D from the streets (and from the novel The Plot Against Hip Hop) named Ice turns out to be the courier.During the exchange a robbery is attempted. Ice is wounded. D gets Asya Roc to safety but is then chased by two gunmen because he has the bag containing the guns. This lethal chase ends under the elevated subway where D and the two gunmen run into a corrupt detective named Rivera. A bloody shootout ensues.D, who has just moved back to Brooklyn after decades in Manhattan, finds himself involved in multiple mysteries. Who were the gunmen? Why were they after the guns? Who was being set up--Asya Roc or Ice? Meanwhile, he gets a much-needed paying assignment to track down the rarest soul music single ever recorded.With gentrifying Brooklyn as the backdrop, D works to unravel various mysteries--both criminal and musical--while coming to terms with the failure of his security company and the ghosts of his childhood in "old Brooklyn." Like its predecessors The Accidental Hunter and The Plot Against Hip Hop, The Lost Treasures of R&B uses pop music as the backdrop for a noir-flavored big-city tale....

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ISBN : 9781617753169
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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The Lost Treasures of R&B Reviews

  • Melodie
    2019-05-12 07:34

    D is a security guy/bodyguard. He's worked in the music and entertainment field and is guarding an up and coming rapper. Illegal guns, attempted robberies, dirty cops...a little of everything. Should bring about a good story, but it just didn't pan out for me. I have the next in the series, it was offered to me in exchange for an honest review, but I find I'm not in a hurry to get to it after reading this one. On the plus side, this was a very quick read.

  • Andre
    2019-04-28 10:21

    A light and enjoyable read. Will have to go back and read the other books in the series.

  • Kris
    2019-05-18 08:35

    Loved, loved loved this book!!! I want to get the other books in the series as soon as possible although each book can be read as a stand alone novel because the author gives enough details about the previous stories and how they link to this book. This is a detective story but it is also much more and there are so many great themes and ideas in the book that the author has many roads to travel before the character or stories are exhausted. D Hunter is a security specialist who has returned to his old neighborhood of Brownsville. There are changes occurring as the neighborhood gentrifies but still retains the same old issues and problems: public housing high rises and low rises that have bred gang activity and drug activity; corrupt cops; hipsters and a stalwart Hasidim community.Through D's security work he has alternate jobs he is working on: locating a rare R&B recording; finding out the truth behind a real estate company and a corrupt cop and understanding some of the changes and faces that now populate his old neighborhood. D is a wonderful character for many reasons. He is African American but not stereotypical and yet true to his upbringing in the Tilden projects. He is HIV positive and this is important to the way he lives his life but he handles it in a productive and positive (no pun intended) way. He is old school and new school at the same time.The book is populated with great characters of all ages and the voices are real - you could hear these voices on the street and feel like they are real people. I am a music buff and the background information on the R&B recordings he is chasing are just fascinating. I never tired of the story and was always anxious to get back and read it. Why are books like these so hard to find displayed at the big book stores? Give new, young African American writers a platform without having to be an Oprah recommendation please. My one criticism is not with the author but needs to be addressed by all publishers. Too often I am coming across misspelled words or contextually incorrect edits obviously being made by computers. It is high time that publishing houses fork out the money and hire proof readers to go over computer edits. A machine cannot do what a human can. While I understand maximizing profits, there is a cost here. Poorly written work is distracting and makes really good writers look bad. Readers continue to pay more for books and should be rewarded with the quality, while writers should be rewarded with the best quality and representation of their work that they pour blood, sweat and tears into. Authors - do not settle for less! Nelson George, I am a new fan!

  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    2019-05-17 09:17

    **I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.**First things first: This is a review from a person stepping randomly into a series.I was totally sucked in with the storytelling aspect of this book, but came up lacking with the mystery portion. It was like the book was more focused on the main character’s flashy lifestyle than actually detailing the issues and their solutions. I can’t help but think that maybe these various issues had been opened up and detailed more throughout the first part of the series and I had come in to the final stages, where closure was the special of the day. This would also explain why the briefest of nods were given to all the interesting characters that rapidly walked in and out of the story.In conclusion: I was left wanting, too much story crammed in to too few pages.

  • Tuck
    2019-05-05 12:28

    fun noir about brownsville nyc, gentrification, hipsters, projects, architecture, music music music r&b and hiphop mostly (best sure and check out the play list at back, song titles match chapter titles)this is a type of lit that bellvue literary press would be comfortable with, the intersection of science and art. it even has a happy ending of sorts. i want to read more about 'security boss" D. Hunter.nelson george's new nonfiction is about soul train The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style

  • Trina Knittle
    2019-04-29 09:30

    Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.An amazingly written book that had me turning the page nonstop. I was surprised I fell in love with this book. But I am happy I got to read this book and add it to my ever growing book collection. This was a book that was written well and the author did a great job of keeping my interest. I usually don't like mystery books , but there is something about this book that just caught my interest. I can see myself coming back to re read this book at a later time. I would definitely recommend this book to just about anyone.

  • Lsilberman
    2019-05-12 09:25

    This is a black detective story in every way--the author and most of the main characters are black, and it's set in traditionally-black neighborhoods of Brooklyn. D Hunter, the detective, even *dresses* in black.Good story (though maybe a tad convoluted), even for an old white reader like me. The good guys even triumphed over the bad. I would happily read another D Hunter novel.

  • Richard Wagner
    2019-04-25 11:34

    this as terrific! a relatively short book filled with great, memorable characters. a refreshing change from British, Irish, and European mysteries. i highly recommend it.

  • Denise
    2019-05-21 08:17

    The good news first - it was a quick read. I love a mystery and the sleuth makes the mystery. The more complex and interesting the sleuth, the more interesting the story. The lead character in this book, is a security guy by the name of D; just D. He protects performers. He is HIV positive and comes from the projects of Brooklyn. This was not the first book in the series and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the others. There were lots of allusions to people and events from other books in the series and I did not understand them. A good writer would not let that happen. D is working on various things and none of them are interesting. I did not care how they were resolved. D is looking for a special 45 record. D is helping an ex-con find his girlfriend. D is bodyguarding an R&B singer. D is looking into a shady real estate firm. D is running up against a corrupt cop. Ho hum. D is just not compelling and the story was written with zero suspense. I found it very annoying and distracting that characters were named after real music business types. There's a William Robinson; Clee Davis and so on. Please don't do that. Also, D is HIV positive and in a scene where he has sex, no mention is made of condom use. Bad move.

  • Tony Parsons
    2019-04-25 04:37

    D’ Hunter (Professional, HIV+) takes a job protecting rapper Asya Roc. The 2 meet at an underground Brooklyn B-Girl Fight Club in Brownsville (Brooklyn NY). D had no idea but Asya was there to purchase 2 handguns. Ice makes the sale but things did not go as planned. 2 unknown robbers Aaron Hall & Dalvin DeGrate accosted them. 2 NYP/D officers arrive on the scene. 1 officer is shot & Dalvin is killed. Asya is headed for Europe & D’ manages to escape & is on the run.Later 2 Detective Otis Mayfield Rivera & Detective William Robinson came to interview D about the crime. Later Ride (former convict) hires D’ to find his long lost love Eve.D’s 1st stop was Womack & Womack (hair salon) where Eryka (Eve’s sister) worked. Right next door to AKBK Realty. Detective Gerald Rivera had interviewed Eryka about Eve missing quite some time ago. Will D’ find out if Country Boy & City Girl really record a vinyl record together? Will D’ be able to crack the murder case?Will Detective Otis Mayfield Rivera & Detective William Robinson solve the murder(s)? I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written true/false historical crime mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make great crime mystery movie, or mini TV series. I liked this because I grew up listening to Dowop (auccappelo, 4 part harmony), Soul & R& B. Still do. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; Akashic books paperback book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • KaleneMia
    2019-04-26 12:30

    I love this series, really goodread!

  • Laura Henson
    2019-05-09 05:28

    Nelson's D Hunter is a worthy addition to the ranks of the noir detective fiction. Layered with insights into hip-hop and music history, Black History, and the gentrification of old neighborhoods, and the condition of living Black in the city (much of which was no doubt beyond the grasp of a white girl from the Midwest) bring an element of social commentary but Nelson's craft keeps the story accessible. This was the first in the series I had come across, but I'll be looking for others.

  • Christina
    2019-05-15 07:28

    Another reviewer called this a "black hip hop noir" and that seems right. I was mostly aware the whole book that this particular culture of music production mixed with weapons and various warring groups of people is as foreign to me as other exotic locales would be. It also made me grateful that for the most part I do not live a life where any scores need to be settled or wrongs avenged.

  • Leo
    2019-05-03 08:41

    Really nice piece of genre fiction. It was my first introduction to D Hunter. Although you can see that there is already a long road behind him, he is an interesting, cool dude. He has some issues getting older and "going home again." As a genre piece, it felt like it had authenticity. The plot moves fast, but is not that important. The characters and the setting give this book it's power.

  • Grace
    2019-05-07 06:43

    This is the third (fourth?) in a series, and by the time I got to the end of this one, I really wished I'd read the others first. Good solid characters and the music references were great. I loved the way George updated the noir genre to 21st century Brooklyn. The writing felt true to the original genre as well as to the contemporary setting.

  • Arun Rajan
    2019-05-09 09:44

    Really interesting book about a body guard in the hip hop business who returns to his roots after his business fails. The resulting return turns into a adventure with illegal guns, old wounds, and a lost record. Fun page turner, now I'm looking forward to reading the next book

  • Sam
    2019-05-18 06:39

    This is a fast paced thriller that is an easy read at only 187 pages. The characters are well written, likable. and you will want to read it in one sitting. This is my first Nelson George book and I was very pleased with it. I received this from LibraryThing Early Reviewer for an honest review.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-13 04:25

    Festival of Books 2015

  • Karla
    2019-05-01 07:25

    Enjoyed the book - well written and evocative of place - but felt like I was reading a coda in a longer story. Would recommend starting earlier in the series.

  • Joey
    2019-05-02 05:44

    Stay tuned for my review of this book in an upcoming issue of Atticus Review. Short version: It's good.

  • Beverly
    2019-05-11 09:22

    Review coming shortly.Really enjoyed - read in one sitting.