Martha Chainey
Created by Gary Phillips

The blaxploitation revival continues.

From the creator of Ivan Monk comes a new hero, MARTHA CHAINEY. Okay, so she's not a P.I., and she's not exactly on the side of the angels. She's a six foot, tough-talking, hard-as-nails ex-showgirl now working as a courier for some Vegas thugs. In Martha's first recorded adventure, High Hand (2000), some seven million in cash she's transporting is ripped off, and her employers aren't exactly pleased.

I thought at first that this was a stand-alone novel, but Martha's proven to be one hell of a character. She's recently returned in Shooter's Point, due out in October 2001.

Besides the previously mentioned Ivan Monk series, author Gary Phillips has also written a stand-alone thriller featuring disgraced football player Zelmont Raines. Beyond his fiction, Phillips has been an L.A.-based activist and community organizer for over two decades, dealing with various community empowerment issues ranging from affordable housing to the narco-industrial complex. His political and pop culture pieces have run in the L.A. Times, L.A. Watts Times, Baltimore Sun, Black Scholar Journal and Rap Pages magazines, and he's made numerous television and radio appearances.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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