Black & White by Lewis Shiner
An urgent examination of 40 years of racial conflict in North Carolina, set amongst a taut thriller concerning the truth of the origins of artist Michael Cooper. At once a highly accurate portrayal of the destruction of Hayti, and an intimate voyage into the conspiracy of Michael's birth. The details here could only be conveyed by a North Carolinian, but they're also universal enough to appeal to a wide audience. It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Shiner's work, and he once again rises to the challenge of presenting a compelling secret look into the world that we all know. And his female characters deserve special mentioning, for their highly complex portrayals of strong, sexy, and empathetic women.