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Lights Out Summer: A Coleridge Taylor Mystery    by Rich Zahradnik order for
Lights Out Summer
by Rich Zahradnik
Order:  USA  Can
Camel Press, 2017 (2017)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Lights Out Summer is the fourth in this series by Rich Zahranik. I have not yet read the first three, but if they are as well-written as the fourth, they shall be high on my must-read book list.

It's March, 1977 and Son of Sam has been shooting people just sitting in their cars talking, or whatever anyone does late at night in an automobile. Coleridge Taylor is a journalist who is finding it hard to get work. Newspapers are closing their doors by the dozens across the United States, which leaves little opportunity to scoop anyone else in the field.

There is another Son of Sam killing and Taylor objects to the publicity the tragedy generates when a Black woman is shot to death the same night and receives just a brief line or two in the newspapers. He takes it upon himself to discover who shot this woman and why. In his eyes, she is just as important.

The really big news is that there is a blackout in New York City which explodes into rioting and extensive looting. The citizenry seem to feel it is their right to take advantage of the situation and to take what they want. The reader experiences what Taylor and his girlfriend go through to survive the chaos but to also report the story as it unfolds for his newspaper.

There is an extremely wealthy family in this story. Their individual problems take a certain part of the tale. How all this is resolved would make your heart stop for a moment or two.

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