By James Kidney
Published: July 14, 2010.
A young black man is hanged in Washington, D.C. in 1954 shortly before the Supreme Court rules on the school desegregation cases. His mother hires a young, callow white detective to solve the case. He quickly hooks up with two much different black men. They solve the case, change history and change their own attitudes about race in this entertaining novel that may challenge your notions, too.