Are you in the mood for a suspenseful mystery that has a touch of the African American experience to spice things up? Then I may have just what the doctor ordered.
The debut book of The Shango Mysteries series called The Long Mile authored by Clyde Ford.
Mr. Ford has used his background in psychology and African mythology to write this mystery thriller that cleverly introduces the reader to Yoruba folklore while going on a roller coaster ride through the life of the book’s main character officer John Shannon.
As Clyde Ford is a native New Yorker, The Long Mile is the tale of how a corrupt NYPD attempts to frame one of its top officers, John Shannon, for a murder he didn’t commit.
The timeframe is during the aftermath of a host of changes to law enforcement ushered in by a post 911 New York and has just the right touch of humor about the President, Homeland Security, and the government you would expect from a Black man caught in the middle of this mess.
This book quickly jumped near the top of my favorite fictional books. I regard it as a sure page turner as I was able to finish the 250 page book during a round trip flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles.
I give Mr. Ford and his debut Shango Mystery 4 stars out of 5, and I can’t wait to read the next book it what may shape up to be a long line of classics.