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Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Story

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Publisher Comments:

Casanegra follows the adventures of Tennyson Hardwick, a gorgeous, sexy actor and former gigolo, living on the fringes of the good life in Hollywood. This story, which chronicles the redemption of a prodigal son, combines the glamour of Hollywood with the seedy hopelessness of the inner city.

In this hot and steamy mystery, Tennyson struggles to hang on to his acting career and redeem his sex-for-pay history, which estranged him from his family — especially his father, a decorated LAPD captain who raised Tennyson to call him "sir." Now, in the wake of his father's sudden stroke, Tennyson has to save himself from taking the fall for the first murder of a female rapper. In the process he discovers his hidden talents — the hard way.

Review:

"Actor Underwood (Sex and the City, etc.) teams up with accomplished authors Due and Barnes to produce a seamlessly entertaining novel. Tennyson Hardwick — semisuccessful actor, ex-gigolo and incipient sleuth — has the mixed fortune to reconnect with rap superstar Afrodite, a former client, for a night of more than just sex. The next day, she's found dead in a plastic bag with a split skull, and he's a suspect. To clear his name, Hardwick draws on all of his considerable assets: good looks and charm, a $2.5 million house inherited from a devoted client, martial arts skills (Barnes's stock in trade) and connections on both sides of the law. The authors have mixed up a cocktail of exotic elements — the sex for pay industry, the grind and glitz of Hollywood and the rap biz, a smart leavening of black film history — and topped it with a double shot of brutal murder. Handsome Ten Hardwick has not only a great backstory but a very promising future." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'Actor Underwood (Sex and the City, etc.) teams up with accomplished authors Due and Barnes to produce a seamlessly entertaining novel. Tennyson Hardwick — semisuccessful actor, ex-gigolo and incipient sleuth — has the mixed fortune to reconnect with rap superstar Afrodite, a former client, for a night of more than just sex. The next day, she's found dead in a plastic bag with a split skull, and he's a suspect. To clear his name, Hardwick draws on all of his considerable assets: good looks and charm, a $2.5 million house inherited from a devoted client, martial arts skills (Barnes's stock in trade) and connections on both sides of the law. The authors have mixed up a cocktail of exotic elements — the sex for pay industry, the grind and glitz of Hollywood and the rap biz, a smart leavening of black film history — and topped it with a double shot of brutal murder. Handsome 'Ten' Hardwick has not only a great backstory but a very promising future. 6-city author tour. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Casanegra is a wild ride through Hollywood, heart-pounding in every way. Smooth, ultra-sexy Tennyson Hardwick is a man readers will want to meet up close. He is all heart and danger, a knight in battered armor. You will love this novel!" E. Lynn Harris, New York Times bestselling author of I Say a Little Prayer

Synopsis:

In this gritty, provocative mystery, Tennyson Hardwick lives on the fringes of the good life in Hollywood. But in the wake of his father's stroke, Tennyson has to save himself from taking a fall for murder. In the process he discovers his hidden talents — the hard way.

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About the Author

Blair Underwood, a Golden Globe ­nominated actor, has received several NAACP Image Awards. He has starred in films, including Set It Off, Just Cause, Full Frontal, and Rules of Engagement. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Desiree, and their children.

Steven Barnes is a prolific author and scriptwriter who has been nominated for Hugo, Cable Ace, and Endeavor awards. His work for television includes episodes of The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1, and Andromeda. A lifelong student of human performance technologies, he holds black belts in judo and karate, has lectured at the Smithsonian, and is a trained hypnotherapist. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Tananarive Due.

Tananarive Due is the American Book Award-winning author of six novels, including The Black Rose, My Soul to Keep, and The Good House. She coauthored Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights. A former feature writer for the Miami Herald, she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist Steven Barnes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743287319
Subtitle:
A Tennyson Hardwick Story
Publisher:
Atria Books
With:
Due, Tananarive
With:
Barnes, Steven
Author:
Underwood, Blair
Author:
Barnes, Steven
Author:
Due, Tananarive
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 19, 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 320 pages Atria Books - English 9780743287319 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Actor Underwood (Sex and the City, etc.) teams up with accomplished authors Due and Barnes to produce a seamlessly entertaining novel. Tennyson Hardwick — semisuccessful actor, ex-gigolo and incipient sleuth — has the mixed fortune to reconnect with rap superstar Afrodite, a former client, for a night of more than just sex. The next day, she's found dead in a plastic bag with a split skull, and he's a suspect. To clear his name, Hardwick draws on all of his considerable assets: good looks and charm, a $2.5 million house inherited from a devoted client, martial arts skills (Barnes's stock in trade) and connections on both sides of the law. The authors have mixed up a cocktail of exotic elements — the sex for pay industry, the grind and glitz of Hollywood and the rap biz, a smart leavening of black film history — and topped it with a double shot of brutal murder. Handsome Ten Hardwick has not only a great backstory but a very promising future." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Actor Underwood (Sex and the City, etc.) teams up with accomplished authors Due and Barnes to produce a seamlessly entertaining novel. Tennyson Hardwick — semisuccessful actor, ex-gigolo and incipient sleuth — has the mixed fortune to reconnect with rap superstar Afrodite, a former client, for a night of more than just sex. The next day, she's found dead in a plastic bag with a split skull, and he's a suspect. To clear his name, Hardwick draws on all of his considerable assets: good looks and charm, a $2.5 million house inherited from a devoted client, martial arts skills (Barnes's stock in trade) and connections on both sides of the law. The authors have mixed up a cocktail of exotic elements — the sex for pay industry, the grind and glitz of Hollywood and the rap biz, a smart leavening of black film history — and topped it with a double shot of brutal murder. Handsome 'Ten' Hardwick has not only a great backstory but a very promising future. 6-city author tour. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Casanegra is a wild ride through Hollywood, heart-pounding in every way. Smooth, ultra-sexy Tennyson Hardwick is a man readers will want to meet up close. He is all heart and danger, a knight in battered armor. You will love this novel!"
"Synopsis" by , In this gritty, provocative mystery, Tennyson Hardwick lives on the fringes of the good life in Hollywood. But in the wake of his father's stroke, Tennyson has to save himself from taking a fall for murder. In the process he discovers his hidden talents — the hard way.
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